Original scientific paper

Evaluation of deficit irrigation regime, row spacing and dual plantation of drip irrigated tomato under high tunnel

2020, 21 (4)   p. 851-860

Beenish Zahid, Rubina Ansari, Muhammad Cheema, Lubna Anjum


The present study was carried out at Water Management Research Centre, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, to investigate the effect of row spacing, deficit irrigation and dual plantation on tomato yield grown in high tunnel under polyethylene black mulch and drip irrigation system. The field experiment layout comprised of three rows spacing (S1, S2 and S3) as (0.45, 0.60, and 0.75 m respectively) and two irrigation levels (I1 and I2) as (100% and 75% of required irrigation respectively). In addition, a dual plantation treatment spaced at 0.45 m was also investigated under both irrigation levels. Results showed that the total fruit yield was significantly influenced by row spacing and irrigation level, however, their interaction was non-significant. The 100% irrigation gave 6.53, 4.49, and 5.94% more yield than 75% irrigation treatment under 0.45, 0.60, and 0.75 m row spacing, respectively. However, the irrigation water use efficiency was found to be higher in deficit treatment (75% irrigation) by 25.16, 27.60, and 25.86% than full irrigation treatments under 0.45, 0.60, and 0.75 m row spacing, respectively. The results of single and dual plantation showed that dual plantation increased the fruit yield by 7.62 and 11.28% than the single plantation under full and deficit irrigation respectively and covering approximately the same area.


deficit irrigation, dual plantation, high tunnel, row spacing, tomato yield

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