Technology installed at DESIRAS pilot sites
Apr 12th, 2011 |
Amsterdam, March 2011. After the formal launch of the DESIRAS project and the kick-off meeting on Cyprus on the 21st of February, project partner DACOM successfully installed their Agri Yield Management System (AYMS) at the pilot sites in Cyprus. In March, the technology was installed on a third test site as well, Plataforma Robles olive farm in Southern Spain. All growing seasons have now started and testing is taking place.
In order to achieve an exhaustive evaluation of the sustainability of this innovative technique on the watershed level, the project partners will also assess the performance of the DACOM technology and their water management in general against the EWP Water Stewardship Standard. This assessment comprises on-site audits on all test sites which are scheduled for April 2011.
The DESIRAS project supports combating desertification, by pilot testing the AYMS to minimize water used in irrigation and in the spraying of pesticides in Cyprus and Spain. The DESIRAS project takes place within the framework of the EWP Water Stewardship Program, to allow for an inclusive and objective evaluation of the results. DESIRAS is supported by the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission.
During March, cooperation has been set up with other projects under the same call: REDSIM, I-ADAPT and MIDMURES. The partners in the DESIRAS project are inviting other European projects involved in irrigation to cooperate for a better dissemination of testing results and the sharing of best practices. For more information, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.