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Improving date production and irrigation Saudi Arabia

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.

Wageningen University and Research got the assignment of the Saudi government to carry out a program to improve horticulture in the country. Focus will be on knowledge dissemination and introducing good practices in protected horticulture and open field agriculture. Eurofins Agro, Broere Hortitech, Acacia Water and Delphy are involved in this project, in particular to conduct the date farmers to improve water efficiency. 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. In the early stage the consortium was supported by Netherlands Water Partnership. It took almost 4 years to come to operations. The program will be launched in September 2018.

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