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TOP QUALITY BANANA PRODUCTION AND RECORD YIELDS WITH PRECISION IRRIGATION

To run your banana business well, you need to produce consistent yields with no surprises. This means growing top-quality bananas in the required quantities and at the right time, even in droughts. From getting the perfect finger size to extending the productive life of each plantation to the fullest, precision irrigation allows you to maximize your profits.

THE SOLUTION FOR BANANA

Why precision irrigation?

  • Don’t let the weather get you down!  
    Dry spells can pose a major risk to banana productivity. With precision irrigation, you can lower climate-related risks and reduce unpredictable factors typical of banana growing, increasing your production stability and reducing irrigation costs. 
  • Give your bananas exactly what they need, and save on your resources 
    Drip irrigation is the perfect delivery system that provides the most efficient amounts of water and nutrients to the roots of your bananas, allowing them to develop to the best of their full potential. 
  • Get the most of each and every hectare! 
    With precision irrigation and modern agricultural practices, you can increase your productivity per hectare while enjoying the ability to deliver constant shipments of high-quality products to your markets. 
FAQs
FAQs

Things we often get asked:

  • What are the benefits of drip irrigation in rainy areas?

    If you are growing in a rainy area, drip irrigation will enable you to deliver water during dry spells. This alone will bring stability to your banana plantations and increase your yields. In addition, you can enjoy the benefits of an efficient fertigation system all year round. You can spoon-feed your bananas in a way that prevents leaching and delivers every drop of fertilizer directly to the root zone, all with minimum labor involved.

  • What is the expected yield for a drip irrigated banana plantation?

    While your average yields are affected by climate, variety, the age of the plantation and many other factors, good yields can reach up to 70 tons per hectare with precision irrigation and fertigation.

  • How much water can be saved when switching to drip?

    Compared to flood irrigation, drip irrigation can save you more than 50% of water. Compared to sprinkler systems, a widely-used alternative for banana production, you can save 20% of the water.

  • Can drip irrigation systems be activated remotely?

    Drip irrigation can be very easily combined with remote control and automation to make your irrigation even more efficient. It is possible to add other digital tools, such as soil or weather sensors, to optimize your yields and resources Learn more about our digital farming solutions.

     

  • Why should I choose drip rather than irrigation methods that seem to be less expensive?

    Although cost is an important factor, faster return on investment is what really matters. It’s been proven that drip irrigation increases banana yields and quality unlike any other irrigation method. In addition, drip technology leads to significant savings in water, fertilizer and labor. Economic calculations show that, in the long run, drip is the most sustainable system for banana plantations, delivering higher economic returns than any other method.

  • I know that many banana plantations are irrigated by sprinklers. Should I consider it as a viable solution?

    Sprinklers - particularly micro sprinklers - can be excellent precision irrigation emitters in banana plantations. Many farmers prefer sprinkler systems due to their ability to handle poor quality water. In addition, visual inspection of the system can be easier as you can clearly see the water jets, unlike when irrigating with a drip system. Another benefit of micro sprinklers is the accelerated composition of leaves and organic materials on the soil surface.

  • What are the benefits of drip irrigation with regards to farm operation?

    A big benefit is that drip irrigation systems are fully safeguarded from breakages caused by falling leaves or vandalism. In addition, it enables growers to work in the plantation without getting wet, even when the water is on. Drip also allows application of plant-protection and fertilizers through the system reducing operation complexity and saving costs.

  • Can I use fertilizers in my drip system?

    Yes! Not only can you use them, you can have full control over how much fertilizer you use. Through different global trials and best practices, we have learned that throughout the growing period, fertilizing in small doses keeps the nutritional elements continuously available near the plant root zone. This is more effective than fertilizing in large doses during the plant growth period.

    By irrigating and fertigating through the irrigation system, you can be sure that your bananas will have exactly what they need to reach their optimal size and quality.

     

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