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Evaluation of Water Productivity and Yield of Citrus Reticulate Blanco under Different Soil Moisture Depletion Levels and Fertilizer Doses

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Malik Muhammad Akram1, Habib Ullah Habib2, Mujahid Ali2,*, Muhammad Mohsan2, Maqsood Ahmad3

1Water Management Research Farm, Renala Khurd, Okra, Pakistan.

2Directorate General, Agriculture Department (Water Management Wing), Government of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

3Water Management Training and Research Institute, Agriculture Department (Water Management Wing), Government of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.

*Corresponding author: Mujahid Ali

Published: March 10,2023

Abstract

Enhancement of water productivity and water use efficiency is possible through irrigation scheduling with optimum fertigation toward sustainable agriculture. The research was conducted on densely planted kinnow orchard under drip irrigation at Water Management Research Farm, Renala Khurd, Okara. Five years old plants were re-irrigated at 10% and 15% soil moisture depletion levels with four NPK fertilizer levels 100% (local), 75% (local), 50% (local), and 75% (imported) of the recommended dose. Kinnow plants showed significant (p ≤ 0.05) results regarding canopy area, plant height, the average weight of fruits, and the number of fruits per plant. The maximum fruit yield (90.3 tons/ha) was observed at 10% soil moisture depletion level with 100% and 75% dose of the local recommended fertilizer, while the minimum yield (72.7 tons/ha) was observed at 10% soil moisture depletion level with 75% of the imported recommended fertilizer dose. It was also revealed that the maximum water productivity (12.4 Kg/m3) was observed when irrigation was done at 10% soil moisture depletion level with 100% of the recommended dose of local fertilizer at par with (12.4 Kg/m3) 10% soil moisture depletion level with 75% of the recommended dose of local fertilizer followed by (12.3 Kg/m3) with 15% soil moisture depletion level with 75% of the recommended dose of imported fertilizer. The minimum water productivity (10.4 Kg/m3) was at 15% soil moisture depletion level with 75% of the recommended dose of local fertilizer.

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How to cite this paper

Evaluation of Water Productivity and Yield of Citrus Reticulate Blanco under Different Soil Moisture Depletion Levels and Fertilizer Doses

How to cite this paper:  Malik Muhammad Akram, Habib Ullah Habib, Mujahid Ali, Muhammad Mohsan, Maqsood Ahmad. (2023) Evaluation of Water Productivity and Yield of Citrus Reticulate Blanco under Different Soil Moisture Depletion Levels and Fertilizer Doses. International Journal of Food Science and Agriculture7(1), 70-78.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2023.03.011