After a year of research in a project of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the company Frutinter, a team of Spanish scientists has managed to reduce water and fertilizer use in citrus cultivation by 50% and by up to 60%, respectively, through the implantation of Smart technology.
Under the coordination of Pedro Beltrán, professor of the Higher Technical School of Agronomic and Natural Engineering, a pilot project was launched on a farm located in Onda for the implementation of this methodology. This included an exhaustive review of the technologies for the use of innovative tools, but in a real, operational context, and with affordable costs for the citrus sector.
In addition to reducing the amount of water and fertilizer used, the study has served to significantly increase the yield per plot, producing between 8,000 and 10,000 more kilos of oranges per hectare. There have also been improvements in the fruit's caliber, which is more homogeneous, making its marketing easier, according to Beltrán.
Work is now underway for the upcoming application of all this in other crops.