Irrigation techniques help farmers’ save water

The Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre used pressure compensating bubblers to cut water usage by 50 per cent.

New techniques in irrigation systems have been adopted by the government to save water and increase yield.

The Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, a government body tasked with modernising the emirate’s farms, used pressure compensating bubblers to cut almost 50 per cent of normal water usage.

The centre organised demonstrations and training for farmers in the Western Region in March for the production of forage.

A 500 square metre demonstration plot was irrigated with an inline pressure compensating drip system, and another control plot featured an adjustable online drip system.

Results from the first plot showed increased water savings with more yield.

Published: May 27, 2014 04:00 AM