EFFIDRIP, smart irrigation system project
EFFIDRIP, smart irrigation system project

Decisions on irrigation in farm management are not made for purely agricultural reasons anymore. In recent years, the cost of irrigation has shown a tendency to grow caused by the increase in energy pri­ces and syn­the­tic fertilizers. In addition, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) urges the sector to adopt a new model that implies the phasing out of water sub­si­dies for agriculture and, instead, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the principle of full cost recovery, which would mean that water pri­ces should reflect full resource and environmental cost.

Drip irrigation

Drip irrigation is the most widespread technology for irrigating and fertigating tree crops because of its high efficiency, but its benefits are often lost due to inadequate management practices leading to an ex­ces­si­ve use of water, fertilizers and, in­di­rect­ly, energy. The EFFIDRIP project aims at removing the tech­ni­cal obstacles that prevent next-generation irri­ga­tion/fer­ti­ga­tion management systems and services from reaching market. By providing the keys for automating the field data acqui­si­tion, decision making and control processes efficiently, equipment manufacturers and service providers will be able to ra­pid­ly develop and commercialize a new tool that provides the end-users (farmers or technicians) with im­pro­ved control over fruit growth and quality, effortless irrigation and fertilization management and accurate su­per­vi­sion of the state of the irri­ga­tion system.