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INSTALLATION OF AQUA-4D® SYSTEM IN A LARGE TOMATO PRODUCTION IN SOUTHERN ITALY
THE VINEYARDS ARE LOCATED IN THE ZIWAY REGION, SITUATED 1,600m ABOVE SEA LEVEL. THE CLIMATE IS SEMI-ARID TO SUB-HUMID, WITH CLAY AND SANDY SILT SOIL. IT HAS AN AVERAGE ANNUAL PRECIPITATION OF 650-700mm AND AVERAGE YEAR-ROUND TEMPERATURE OF 25ºC
The farmer had major apical necrosis problems in the previous years, especially when using cheaper well water with high conductivity (3.5) which is available near the plots being cultivated.
The alternative is river water brought from more than 1.5km away, with which he has no apical necrosis problem. This costs the farmer much more and increases the risks of fuel being stolen at the pumping station, a recurrent problem in the area.
In order to solve the water quality problem, we installed an Aqua-4D® 1440 E Pro for a water flow of 80m3/hr. The test was performed on a plot of 3ha.
A comparison was done with an adjacent plot being irrigated with river water EC 0,5
The farmer observed a near total eradication of the apical necrosis
The use of drinkable water is lowered by 5% whilst keeping similar yields
A notable increase in production yields was observed
The acquisition of the Aqua-4D® system was fully justified