• EVERY DROP COUNTS
  • IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT MODELS
  • METEOROLOGICAL ANALYSIS TOOLS
  • IRRIGATION OPTIMIZATION
 

ENORASIS second project meeting and study visit in Cesme (23/07/2012)

 

Irrigation management constitutes a significant environmental challenge, also dictated by EU Common Agricultural Policy, with agriculture being the largest consumer of water globally. FP7-ENV ENORASIS project will develop an irrigation management Decision Support System for farmers and water management organizations, based on advanced technologies. ENORASIS system will target to motivate farmers to optimize the use of water by assessing their exact irrigation needs with the use of meteorological analysis tools and field hardware, whereas it will also provide to (irrigation) water management organizations the ability to effectively manage irrigation water demand, charge and resources. Such an intelligent irrigation management and charging system is expected to have a major impact towards the adoption of more sustainable irrigation water management practices in agriculture. 

Presenting the results at the of the second ENORASIS project meeting held in Cesme on 12-13 July 2012, Grigoris Chatzikostas of DRAXIS Environmental Technologies explained: ‘During the first semester of the project, our preparatory work was organized in four axes: to identify the basic technical requirements for ENORASIS platform, to study existing current agricultural and irrigation governance situation in Europe, to propose alternative ENORASIS business models and finally to define ENORASIS platform use case scenarios. Now that the technical, operational and business background has been reviewed, the project enters the main ENORASIS platform and components development time period and we maximize our efforts in order to create an intelligent, flexible, affordable and easy-to-use irrigation management tool offering a broad range of value added services.

Based on the above, the subsequent discussion of the consortium implementing ENORASIS focused on several technical issues regarding the development of the ENORASIS platform as well as on the preparation of the pilot implementations foreseen (pilot locations and crops, equipment needs, guidelines etc.).

  

The project meeting was combined with a fruitful study visit of the Aegean Agricultural Research Institute in Menemen/Izmir. There the consortium had the opportunity to observe an installation for smart irrigation in a pomegranate field (provided by project partner TEKNOSET, www.teknoset.com), with the use of sensors and automation in full function and to exchange ideas regarding smart irrigation with the staff of the Institute.