Evaluation of Low Cost Drip Irrigation Technology Through Tomato Production: In Adami Tulu JidoKombolcha District, Mid-Rift Valley of Ethiopia
International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Volume 2, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages: 32-37
Received: Sep. 29, 2016; Accepted: Feb. 3, 2017; Published: Mar. 15, 2017
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Abay Challa, Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center, Zeway, Ethiopia
Zelalem Shelemew, Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center, Zeway, Ethiopia
Anbase Ambonsa, Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center, Zeway, Ethiopia
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Evaluation of low cost drip irrigation technology was carried out under soil and agro climatic condition of Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center, on-station so as to see its performance as compared to furrow irrigation systems for increased tomato productions. Four improved tomato verities were used for the purpose as test crop. The trials were replicated four times in a randomized block design. Some parameters of tomato and water use efficiency were used to compare the performance of the two irrigation systems. There was observed difference in some parameters of tomato under the two irrigation systems. Some tomato varieties perform well under drip while other performs well under furrow. But, the overall effect showed that drip irrigation system performed better than furrow irrigation system. Relatively higher mean yield of tomato was recorded under drip irrigation systems; 44.09 ton/ha for drip as compared to 43.38 ton/ha in surface irrigation. Drip irrigation used less water than that of surface irrigation systems, thus, giving much higher water use efficiencies. It was concluded that low cost drip systems achieved water saving of more than 25.9 as compared to surface irrigation systems. Finally this technology needs further evaluation under farmer circumstance for better finding.
Surface Irrigation, Low Cost Drip Irrigation, Tomato and Water Use Efficiencies
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Abay Challa, Zelalem Shelemew, Anbase Ambonsa, Evaluation of Low Cost Drip Irrigation Technology Through Tomato Production: In Adami Tulu JidoKombolcha District, Mid-Rift Valley of Ethiopia, International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2017, pp. 32-37. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnrem.20170202.13
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