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Enabling next generation commercial service-oriented, automatic irrigation management systems for high efficient use of water, fertilizers and energy in drip irrigated tree crops

Objective

Decisions on irrigation in farm management are not made for purely agricultural reasons any more. In recent years the cost of irrigating has shown a rising tendency lead by the increase in the price of energy and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) urges a new model phasing out water subsidies for agriculture and implementing the principle of full cost recovery, pricing water to reflect its full resource and environmental cost.

Drip irrigation is the most widespread technology for irrigating and fertigating fruit tree crops because of its high efficiency, but its benefits are often lost due to inadequate management practices leading to excessive use of input water, fertilizers and, indirectly, energy. The EFFIDRIP project aims at removing the technical obstacles that prevent next-generation service-oriented irrigation/fertigation management systems getting to 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 such system: a new tool that will permit fruit farmers and agro SMEs to increase water, fertilizer and energy use efficiency up to 15%, representing a significant reduction of production costs; will relieve them of routine tasks required for efficient irrigation practices, thus gaining time for higher-value management tasks; and will facilitate the adoption of more sustainable practices. Given the increasing importance of sustainability in agriculture and the business opportunity to modernize within the context of the generational shift towards more industrial production models, both European agricultural and irrigation sector, as well as our environment, would benefit from the precision irrigation system here proposed.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 63 126
Administrative Contact
Heinen Marius (Dr.)

Participants (10)

ASOCIACION DE FABRICANTES DE RIEGO ESPANOLES

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 56 184,39
Address
Camino De La Vega S/n Finca El Palomar
28850 San Fernando De Henares
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Ana Isabel Picón González (Ms.)
CENTRO OPERATIVO E DE TECNOLOGIA DE REGADIO ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 360 416,21
Address
Quinta Da Saúde
7801-904 Beja
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Paula Bras (Mr.)
ENOSI AGROTIKON SYNETERISMON ARGOLIDAS REA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 353 498,94
Address
Nafplio Nea Kios 2Nd Klm
21100 Nafplio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yannis Dimakis (Mr.)
EVAGGELOS PAPANDRIANOS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 19 059,60
Address
Drepano
21060 Drepano Argolida
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Evangelos Papandrianos (Mr.)
GEOPONIKOI AYTOMATISMOI AE

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 155 995,78
Address
Paramythias 2
15354 Glyka Nera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nick Sigrims (Prof.)
MACRAUT INGENIEROS, SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 357 601,87
Address
Calle Paz Pardo 37
36214 Vigo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vanesa Movilla Vázquez
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE EMPRESAS DE TRATAMIENTO Y CONTROL DE AGUA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 48 137,78
Address
Avenida Corts Catalanes 5
08173 Sant Cugat Del Valles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Agustí Ferrer (Mr.)
MC BURNEY SCIENTIFIC LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 169 301,46
Address
Victoria Cottage Canon Frame
HR8 2TG Ledbury
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Show Jen Hsieh (Mrs.)
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 33 660,87
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Eliecer Lopez (Mr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 80 679,40
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Szathmary Anna (Ms.)