FIGARO to Present at Expo Milano 2015 Agri-Water Workshop
The EU-funded FIGARO project will present its advanced smart precision irrigation system at a special workshop on coping with climate change and water scarcity by improving monitoring and water-use efficiency
Jun 16, 2015, 08:00 ET
MILAN, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
FIGARO, an EU-funded international project focused on developing the new precision agriculture Decision Supporting System (DSS) to improve irrigation management for increasing water productivity, has been invited to hold a special presentation at Expo Milano 2015.
Dr. Adriano Battilani, senior researcher at the Canale Emiliano Romagnolo (CER) research institute in Bologna, Italy and a FIGARO partner, will make a presentation on "How to Integrate Knowledge to Improve Water Productivity in Agriculture" at the Agri-Water Workshop to be held on June 17 at the EXPO 2015 - EU Pavilion. The workshop will deal with methods to cope with climate change and water scarcity in Africa and Europe by improving monitoring and water-use efficiency in agriculture.
"The workshop is a great opportunity for FIGARO to present the progress we have made so far and show how we can help fight water scarcity," said Battilani. "By offering a crop-oriented management tool, FIGARO optimizes irrigation and fertilizer dosing, significantly reducing the use of fresh water."
The FIGARO (Flexible and Precise Irrigation Platform to Improve Farm Scale Water Productivity) platform acts as an SAAS platform. It periodically runs leading and approved crop models to provide farmers with on-line recommendations regarding the best irrigation and fertilization schedules for their farms. Data is provided for specific crops and soils, water and climate conditions.
In order to make the recommendations precise, the FIGARO platform is connected to actual sensors, and collects environmental and crop-growth data from a wide variety of in-field and remote sensors and data sources including soil moisture, water meters, satellite images and weather stations. The data are fed automatically or manually into the DSS platform models and supply the crop module operating on real-time data.
The FIGARO system has already been tested in field tests carried out in nine European countries with very promising results.
FIGARO is a Europe-wide research project co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Union.
The FIGARO consortium is industry driven and includes 17 different organizations from eight different countries, including a number of commercial and academic leaders in the field of irrigation.
For more information: http://www.figaro-irrigation.net/
Share this article