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More date production with less water

A group of Dutch companies offers a total solution for date growers in Saudi Arabia aiming at a considerable reduction of the amount of water, used for irrigation.

By the occasion of the Global Forum on Innovation in Agriculture in Abu Dhabi the consortium presents the outline of its proposal to the date sector.  The companies all play a different, complementary role. Soil testing, soil improvement, waterbuffering and smart irrigation management, based on soil moisture sensors will be included in their activities. Objective is to find a new sustainable balance in fertilization, soil and cropmanagement. Probably an improved irrigation strategy will contribute to reduce the threat caused by the Red Palm Weevil. The consortium is supported by Netherlands Water Partnership. 

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