Installing an efficient irrigation system in a fig orchard helped to better manage water stress for the trees and increased the quality and volume of production.
The project financed the application of an efficient irrigation system on a fig farm. The new system consists of soil moisture content probes and a meteorological station for reading the temperature, recording the dew points and indicating the appropriate harvest time for the 40 ha of fig trees.
This system allowed the production quantity of fruit not of commercial quality to be reduced from 20% to 10%.
The production will increase from 22 tonnes per ha to 31 tonne per ha.
The size of the figs will increase leading to a higher selling price from an average of 1.3 EUR per kg to 1.5 EUR per kg.