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  • How much water is used for irrigation in European agriculture?

    Agriculture plays a large role in the management of water in the EU. However, there is little consistent information on water use in irrigation. New EU supported research has estimated how much water is used for irrigation in European countries, providing a framework to analyse agricultural pressures on water quantity. Water scarcity is an increasing problem in the EU and the situation is ...

  • Writing an equation for soil success

    Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant’s roots, tiny bugs – these things can tell one soil from another quite easily. Soil scientists typically measure different aspects of soil — how much air it contains, how well it retains water, heat, and more — to ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • 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

  • Treated wastewater irrigation use

    An article in Water Asset Management International examines economic, social and environmental factors which could be considered in an integrated way to evaluate the treated municipal wastewater reuse procedure for irrigation purposes in Greece. Water scarcity and deterioration in the quality of water resources in ...

  • Pakistan to get $75m for irrigation projects

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Pakistan with $75 million in loans to build several multi-purpose dams, irrigation canals and drinking water supplies across the Potohar Plateau near Islamabad. The project will improve the livelihoods of about 22,000 farming households by bringing irrigation to 11,500 hectares of agricultural land that used to rely on irregular and unpredictable ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Irrigation Pumps Market in India 2013

    Indian pump industry caters to demand from diverse sectors. Irrigation requirement of the agricultural sector owing to unreliability of the monsoons is driving the growth of this market. The report begins with an overview of the major macro economic indicators which highlights the present economic scenario prevalent in India. It is followed by the introduction section which provides a ...

  • Australian farmers to lose irrigation water

    Farmers would lose more than a third of irrigation water in Australia’s major food bowl, the Murray-Darling, under a plan released on Friday to restore ailing rivers, posing a new headache for the Labor minority government. Farmers and irrigators have warned of farm closures, massive job losses and higher food prices. The move could also see the value of cotton production cut by 25% ...

  • Cornell Pump at the 2014 Irrigation Show

    Talk to the Factory Experts from Cornell Pump at the 2104 Irrigation Show in Phoenix, Arizona. Cornell will be exhibiting in booth 1909 through November 20th. See the latest in our agricultural line, including the EDGE booster pump and our high-efficiency, dependable STX self-priming pumps. Learn about Cornell advantages such as our Cycloseal sealing system and Redi-Prime ...


    By Cornell Pump Company

  • Agricultural technologies must be `appropriate`

    How an agricultural technology is generated and where it comes from — be it through local efforts or global centres —  are not as important for development as whether the product is appropriate, says development expert, Sara Delaney. 'An appropriate technology is accessible, affordable, easy-to-use and maintain, effective — and most importantly, it serves a real need', says Delaney. A ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

    The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) is presenting itself to the outside world as ‘the world's award-winning sustainable agriculture event’. With 40 ministerial delegations and numerous top figures from the agrifood world, this trade fair and conference is guaranteed to feature many innovations in a wide range of fields. As an innovation partner, Wageningen UR is ...

  • Arsenic in irrigation water is transferred to crops

    A team of researchers from the University of Valladolid (UVA) and the Salamanca Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology (IRNASA-CSIC) has shown that potatoes irrigated with arsenic-rich water contain this element at levels up to 35 times higher than crops on which this water was not used. The scientists have also confirmed the impact of water with high arsenic content on beet, carrot and ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • OECD reviews Israeli agriculture

    The OECD"s first Review of Agricultural Policies in Israel says government support to farmers accounts for 17% of total farm receipts, below both its 24% share in the mid 1990s and the current OECD average of 23%. However, high border protection for a number of agricultural commodities is keeping domestic prices above international market levels. Recent reforms in Israel have substantially ...

  • Latest agricultural technology innovation

    Companies and breakthroughs most likely to help the world produce more food with less Dwindling water, farmland and fossil-based fertilizers are making it increasingly difficult to feed people today, let alone those expected in the future. Select companies are poised to reinvigorate large scale agriculture with cleantech innovations that help expand yields, increase efficiencies, ...


    By Kachan & Co.

  • Agriculture to 2050 – the challenges ahead

    Agriculture must become more productive if it is to feed a much larger world population while responding to the daunting environmental challenges ahead, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today. Opening a two-day High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050 Diouf told the 300 delegates that over the next 40 years: 'The combined effect of population growth, strong income ...

  • Saudi Arabia captured by Dacom irrigation management system

    In Saudi Arabia drastic measures are needed to reduce the water usage by the agricultural sector. The Ministry of Agriculture has set itself the task to decrease the water consumption from 17 to 5 billion mᶟ. Since 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture has dedicated Dacom to a project to monitor the soil moisture at various arable farmers throughout Saudi Arabia. To this, Dacom advices both the ...


    By Dacom

  • Irrigation with treated waste water: A growing fact

    There is a serious problem of lack of water worldwide, so much in quantity as in quality, due to different facts as low rainfall, high evaporation or the increase in the demand of water for different uses. This fact is favouring the search and use of non-conventional sources of water, which guarantee the continuous availability of water to its use in agriculture and landscaping. The use of the ...


    By Sistema Azud, S.A.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Funding Available to Farmers to Improve Irrigation Water Efficiency

     The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in five select locations throughout California. This partnership combines rural infrastructure upgrades with on-farm conservation enhancements.  The deadline to submit an application ...

  • Irrigation threatening steppe birds in Mediterranean wetlands

    Intensive irrigation of agricultural land in a Mediterranean water basin is altering the habitats of associated wetlands and changing the balance of the bird population living there, according to a recent study. The Mar Menor coastal lagoon is located in the Southeast of Spain. Inland there are an associated series of wetlands of ecological interest, protected by the Natura 2000 Network1. The ...

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