Smart irrigation systems will be implemented on 5,000 hectares of farmland
TEHRAN – Following the smart irrigation system development program of the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture, the ministry plans to equip 5,000 hectares of farmland with smart irrigation systems during the current Iranian calendar year ( started on March 21), said the ministry’s project manager for the mentioned program.
According to Fariborz Abbasi, this pilot project will be implemented in various provinces such as Golestan, Ardebil, Qazvin, Fars and Khorasan Razavi if the necessary funding is provided, IRIB reported on Sunday.
Abbasi noted that improving irrigation systems will increase their efficiency, improve performance and increase productivity.
He further mentioned the plans of the Ministry of Agriculture for the indigenization of knowledge for the manufacture and installation of intelligent irrigation systems, stating: “In this regard, we intend to implement model projects to identify appropriate technologies for new irrigation systems in different regions according to social conditions and offer them to farmers and private companies.
“With the improvement of modern irrigation systems, human intervention in the operation of the system is reduced and carried out by tools, sensors and equipment inside the field,” explained Abbasi.
He said that strengthening new irrigation systems has been implemented by some farmers at the moment, adding that farmers have implemented it given the benefits of smart irrigation systems.
Considering the importance of water consumption management in the agricultural sector, the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture has implemented a plan to install modern irrigation systems in the agricultural lands of the country during recent years and the new improvement program of these systems will increase their efficiency to a great degree.
Over the past three years, an average of 150,000 hectares of farmland has been fitted with modern irrigation systems each year, according to ministry data.
In May 2020, outgoing Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said the Energy Ministry had established 301,000 hectares of irrigation and drainage networks since 2017.
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