Trial conducted by Agricultural Office of Grobogan Regency, Central Java, in planting Cheyenne Chile crops, have proven the benefit of Drip Irrigation technology. The crops were planted on an area of 1500 SQM with 3000 plants population and utilized drip irrigation technology, have yielded better plant growth and productivity.

The crops planting was begun on December 2016, on a compost enriched wobbly and dry soil. With 80 days of productive phase after plantation, the result can be harvested in average of once in 3 to 5 days. Unfortunately, no information yet available on the average yield per piece of plant. As the article was launched while the trial plantation has just entering the mid of the first month of production phase.

Application of drip irrigation on respective trial plantation seemed not optimized, as it utilized only for water irrigation. Whereas fertigation is still performed manually, directly poured to the planting zone.

Drip Irrigation technology has an advantages in saving water and fertilizer, since fertigation can also be distributed through the drip line. When using granule fertilizer, first, it has to be liquefied with a recommended dosage composition and then mixed into the irrigation water vessel. Therefore, it is most recommended to use liquid fertilizer, either organic or non-organic. Such approach enables fertilizer saving of 30% to 60% in comparison to other irrigation method.

The advantages of drip irrigation technology enable the distribution of water and nutrients directly into the planting zone. In subsurface drip irrigation method water and nutrients even go directly into the root zone. Such advantages deliver better uniformity of plant growth and promising productivity increases.

Last but not least, appreciation to Grobogan Regency upon success in utilizing drip irrigation technology.

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