Evaluation of the performance of Centre Pivot Sprinkler irrigation system and its effects on crop yield at Kagera, Tanzania

The study evaluated the performance of the centre pivot sprinkler irrigation system and its effects on sugar cane yield at Kagera Sugar Estate. The study also examined soil parameters that influence cane yield and the quality of irrigation water. Centre pivot GP7 had average coefficient of uniformity of 96.9% as opposed to 86.2% for BPS. On the other hand lower water holding capacity and low acidity reduced cane yields significantly. The results show that poor pivot performance and soil properties greatly reduce sugarcane productivity.
L’étude a évalué la performance du système d’irrigation dans le centre d’arrosage à pivot et de ses effets sur le rendement de la canne à sucre à « Kagera Sugar Estate ». L’étude a également examiné les paramètres du sol qui influent le rendement de la canne et la qualité de l’eau d’irrigation. Le Centre pivot GP7 avait un coefficient moyen de l’uniformité de 96,9% contre 86,2% pour le secteur parapublic. D’autre part, la capacité inférieure de rétention d’eau et une faible acidité, réduisent les rendements de la canne de manière significative. Les résultats montrent que la performance pauvre d’un pivot et les propriétés du sol réduisent considérablement la productivité de la canne à sucre.
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