Continuous application of plant nutrients along with the irrigation water is referred as fertigation. Drip irrigation provides substantial flexibility in fertigation. Fertigation is advantageous for crop production as fertilizers and nutrients can be provided at all stages of crop growth with minimal losses compared to soil application. Fertigation reduces quantity of fertilizers to be applied, as it is directly applied to root zone. Also timing of fertilization can be improved to match plant requirements at various growth stages. Fertigation ensures proper distribution of fertilizer with minimum leakage beyond the root zone.
Fertilizers used in fertigation are completely soluble in water, in order to be distributed evenly through the drip systems. Chemicals of low solubility may precipitate causing blockage of the emitters. There is usually no problem with nitrogen and potassium compounds. Phosphorous is usually added in soluble forms such as orthophosphate, as mono ammonium polyphosphate, phosphoric acid, and microelements may be added in chelate form. The drip systems are well suited to the application of herbicides and chemical against soil borne diseases and pests, as water application is carried out only in the wetted area, which results in the chemicals being more effective at lower concentrations ultimately reducing usage quantity.
In areas other than water scarce areas, fertigation efficiency has proven to be a winning imperative for acceptance in the micro irrigation system market.
The micro irrigation system market showed resilience and continued growth in spite of global economic crunch and climatic conditions that were unfavorable for cultivation in Europe and North America. Since 2011, the micro irrigation system market saw an increase in the demand and witnessed strong demand, especially in developing nations such as India, China, Brazil, and Mexico. Increasing acreage under irrigation systems and improved technology awareness among the crop producers is projected to lead to the strong growth in the fertigation equipments market in the forecasted period.
This report has estimated the size of the fertigation market in terms of value ($million). In this report, the market has broadly been segmented on the basis of equipment, type of crop, and regions. Market drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges; and raw material and product price trends have been discussed in detail. Share of participants in the overall market have been discussed in detail. The market has grown significantly in the last few years and this growth is projected to continue.
Fertigation Market Share (Value), By Region, 2013
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Based on equipment, the market has been segmented as follows:
Others (Direct application & localized irrigation methods)
Based on crop type, the market has been segmented as follows:
Lawns & Gardens
Based on region, the market has been segmented as follows:
RoW (The Middle East and Africa)
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