Irrigapote as an important agroecological alternative in the cultivation of bell pepper and tomato
Ana Paula da Cruz Gato, Welligton Conceição da Silva, Éder Bruno Rebelo da Silva, Eudilene Dalet Vitor de Sousa, Lennon Júnior Silva Araújo
ABSTRACT The aim of this paper was to present the importance of IrrigaPote for low-cost family farming and its use in the cultivation of vegetables such as tomatoes and bell peppers. The bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) culture originates in the American continent, being one of the most produced horticultural crops, presenting various colorations in the pericarp, such as yellow, red, green, orange, cream and purple. The tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill) is the most cultivated solanacea in the world, adopts the short cycle crop and high productivity. IrrigaPote is a low-cost and highly sustainable irrigation technology. This irrigation system was created by the partnership between Brazil and Africa, with this union between Makelle University in Ethiopia and Embrapa Amazônia Oriental (PA). 2013, where the project was developed in Africa, whose principle is to use rainwater and to store it for irrigation with clay pots. In view of the above, it is concluded that IrrigaPote is an important agroecological alternative for low-cost family farmers, and it is feasible to irrigate vegetables such as tomatoes and bell peppers, where the plant absorbs only the amount of water it needs, avoiding the appearance of pests and pests, which occur with excess moisture in the soil and plant caused by conventional irrigation.