Title A technology to drastically save irrigation water
Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Author KS Gopal
Content At the Centre for Environment Concerns, an NGO based in Hyderabad, India, the challenge was clear: develop an inclusive irrigation technology suitable for low rainfall areas. Alongside farmers and female farm labourers, they developed a system that provides assured moisture directly to the plant root zone. Initial trials show two unique benefits: it requires about one fifth of the water needed for drip irrigation and it supports a healthy soil ecosystem. Key to the effectiveness of this technology appears to be the gradual wetting of the soil rather than abrupt provision of water in ‘concentrated’ loads.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/wisdom-of-water/technology-save-irrigation-water