PaniPipe: saving water case study


Courtesy of Syngenta

A collaboration between the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Syngenta led to a simple, yet valuable solution for rice farmers in rural Bangladesh. The technology called PaniPipe, saved farmers irrigation costs, conserved groundwater, and reduced diesel fuel used to pump water.

The PaniPipe, inserted into the ground vertically, allows farmers to monitor water level below ground, decreasing the need to flood rice. This led to a 30 percent saving in water from the nearly 5,000 liters used traditionally to produce one kilogram of rough rice. The savings in water, combined with an increased yield, allowed farmers to increase their return on investment by more than 30 percent – in many cases taking them from a net loss to net gain.

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