Irrigation Drainage News

  • WHY YOU SHOULD USE COCONUT PEAT AND CHIPS?

    dvanced scientific research into the suitability of coco peat and coco products has been well established. Coir peat was regarded as of no use in the past but it is only an idea belonging to the past.  Scientists and agronomists promote it as the best organic medium to use as substrate because, It possesses high porosity enhancing healthy root growth.  It has natural tendency to ...


    By GW Biosubstrates

  • The UPCT and the LIFE DESEACROP project have visited AZUD

    LIFE DESEACROP project coordinator, Dr. José Francisco Maestre, together with his students of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), visited our facilities. On Friday, November 9, LIFE DESEACROP project coordinator, Dr. José Francisco Maestre, together with his students of the Agricultural Engineering Degree of the Polytechnic ...


    By Sistema Azud, S.A.

  • Egyptian invention cuts rice irrigation water by haf

    Experts and stakeholders in Egypt warn of imminent water poverty as a result of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is about to become operational. Meanwhile, agricultural production consumes about 85 per cent of the country’s water resources, half of which goes towards rice irrigation. Rice cultivation consumes more than 10 billion cubic meters of water annually, or more than ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New John Deere Grading-Heel Buckets Offer

    John Deere is expanding its lineup of easy-to-use Worksite Pro attachments with the new grading-heel buckets. Specially designed for the new Small-Frame G-Series skid steers (312GR, ...


    By John Deere

  • FAO urges countries to step up action against destructive banana disease

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East, and which has the potential to affect countries in Latin America. The ...

  • Global irrigated area at record levels, but expansion slowing

    In 2009, the most recent year for which global data are available from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 311 million hectares in the world was equipped for irrigation but only 84 percent of that area was actually being irrigated, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Scientists search for solutions to Iraq`s salty farmland

    The high level of salt threatening two-thirds of Iraq's irrigated farmland — as well as many other countries — is being targeted by a group of Iraqi and international researchers and policymakers. The Iraq Salinity Project aims to develop long-term strategies to manage salinity in central and southern Iraq. It is coordinated by the International Center for Agricultural Research ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • ASTM C505M - 11 standard specification for nonreinforced concrete irrigation pipe with rubber gasket joints (Metric)

    This specification covers reinforced concrete pipe with rubber gasket joints to be used for the conveyance of irrigation water with working pressures, including hydraulic transients. The acceptability of the pipe, joint design, and gaskets shall be determined by the results of the tests prescribed in this specification, if and when required, and by inspection to determine whether the pipe and ...


    By ASTM International

  • Cranfield and UK Irrigation Association win international award for UK agriculture

    Experts from Cranfield University’s Centre for Water Science and the UK Irrigation Association (UKIA) have won the prestigious WatSave 2010 Technology Award for their research and promotion of on-farm reservoirs in the UK.  The winning project, undertaken by Cranfield’s Dr Keith Weatherhead and Dr Jerry Knox, and Dr Melvyn Kay, Executive Secretary of the UK Irrigation ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Adapting agricultural water to climate change

    This policy brief, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), examines the relationship between climate change, water and food security and outlines potential adaptation strategies and policy priorities for developing countries. Agriculture in developing countries is already under pressure from growing populations, industrialisation and environmental degradation. Climate change is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • “Efficient” irrigation tool may deplete more water

    An Israeli water engineer was sitting under a tree one day when he noticed a leaking faucet slowly drip water to the tree's roots, a nearly 50-year-old irrigation tale says. The idea inspired the invention of modern drip irrigation, also known as micro-irrigation. The method runs water through plastic tubes that release the flow through small holes directly to crop roots or stems. The precise ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Japan & ADB to help Viet Nam improve water management and irrigation systems

    Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are helping Viet Nam improve its water management and modernize its irrigation systems. The Japan Special Fund, through ADB, will provide a $1 million grant to help design a project to upgrade the quality of water-related public services and improve the management of Viet Nam’s water resources used for irrigation. For its part, Viet Nam will contribute ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Holistic study approach expands understanding of agricultural chemicals in the environment

    An understanding how environmental processes and agricultural practices interact to determine the transport and fate of agricultural chemicals in the environment is essential for effectively addressing the widespread degradation of surface and ground waters from past, present, and future agricultural activities. While considerable research has been conducted at field or smaller scales, the ...

  • International institutions join forces on Africa water initiative

    Agricultural growth in sub-Saharan Africa is vital to poverty reduction and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals set by the international community. Despite its importance, however, investments in agricultural water have seen a continuous decline since the late 1980s, with only a slight recovery in recent years. In response to the decline, five international organizations (the ...


    By The World Bank

  • Farming practices have large-scale hydrological impacts

    A recent study using 100 years of archive data on the Mississippi river from water treatment plants found startling results: both the hydrology and chemistry of the river have changed and the most likely cause is changes in farming practices. Most worryingly, the data show an increase in the volume of water discharged into the Gulf of Mexico from the Mississippi river basin, one of the largest in ...

  • $190M for Bangladesh to fund recovery from floods and cyclone

    The Asian Development Bank and its development partners are providing more than $190 million in assistance to help Bangladesh recover from the destruction wrought by the floods and cyclone that devastated the country in 2007. ADB is extending a loan of $120 million equivalent and a $200,000 technical assistance grant to the Emergency Disaster Damage Rehabilitation Project. The Japan Bank for ...


    By Asian Development Bank

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