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FERTINNOWA NEWSflash
20 March 2018
Dear FERTINNOWAnews reader,
 
In this newsletter, we made a selection of our most recent project outcomes. We hope they trigger your intrest. Enjoy reading!
 
On behalf of the FERTINNOWA team

FERTINNOWA’s technology database completed

In November 2017, a new series of technologies related to irrigation and fertigation equipment and management have been uploaded on the FERTINNOWA technology database. Today, the database consists of over 80 technologies, but this number will still rise significantly during the coming weeks.  

Visit the technology database 

FERTINNOWA puts projects in the spotlight


Providing an overview of the current innovative technologies in the field of irrigation and fertigation is one of FERTINNOWA’s objectives. Therefore, FERTINNOWA is screening for national and international projects in this field and providing a way to increase these projects visibility in Europe and beyond. Visit projects  database

Projects still can be added to the website by contacting eleftheria Stavridou (Eleftheria.Stavridou@emr.ac.uk). 

Save the date: Workshop- Sharing fertigation best practices across Europe

Since 2016, the thematic network FERTINNOWA has collected and exchanged best practices in the field of fertigation all over Europe and beyond. To bring together the high valuable results of this thematic network, FERTINNOWA organises the final series of workshops in Almeria from 3 to 5 October 2018. All stakeholders, growers, agronomists, technology providers, environmentalists, and policy-makers are invited to participate.  Further details can be found on the event's webpage.

Outcomes of FERTINNOWA’s grower's survey brought to the broader public

In the summer of 2016, the FERTINNOWA consortium carried out 371 growers’ interviews in 10 European member states. This survey focused on the technologies and practices applied by the growers regarding sustainable water and nutrient use as well as the remaining bottlenecks on the technological, legal and socio-economic level. In a second phase, FERTINNOWA partners organised sessions to discuss the benchmark outcomes in a broader group involving growers, advisors, …. 

The Spanish farmer’s point of view

        
In December 2017, FERTINNOWA’s partner INTIA published the outcomes of the grower’s survey focussing on the Spanish regions. In the article, it was stressed that growers experience water availability as their biggest problem when it comes to water sources. Read more

Italian discussion round points out that there is still significant space for improvement



On the 8th of September 2017, CERSAA organised a discussion session focussing on the outcomes of the benchmark survey. A discussion group consisting of advisors, students agreed unanimous that water and fertigation management tools still are poorly implemented. A lack of awareness and as well economic bottlenecks could lay by this. They stressed that there is a need for initiatives to raise awareness of these technologies and to approach the technologies from an economic point of view. Read more 

Spanish newsletter focusses on women’s participation in FERTINNOWA

 
    
On the 14th of February, the FERTINNOWA project was mentioned in the Spanish newspaper on the occasion of the international day of women in science. The article stressed the women´s participation in the coordination and development of the project as they are leading some of the most relevant tasks like the executive direction, showcase coordination, dissemination activities or data processing. Read the article

The growth and doubts of drip irrigation – A view on the Valencian region


      
In the Valencian region hundreds of thousands of fields that have for centuries been managed through flood or furrow irrigation, now receive water from pressurised pipes. Irrigation channels, dykes, and sluice gates have given way to pipes, tubes, and drippers, while irrigation ponds and control cabins have sprung up in droves across irrigated areas. In the autumn of 2017, the university of Valencia published a critical review on the growth and doubts related to drip irrigation in the Valencian region.  Read the article

Upcoming events

May 2018
Showcase event: Irrigation system optimisation case at the fruit centre of Maribor
Venue: CAFS
11-15 June 2018
13th World Processing Tomato Congress &  15th ISHS Symposium on the Processing Tomato
Venue: Matera italy
 
12-16 August 2018
International Horticultural Congress
Venue: Istanbul, Turkey 
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3 & 4 October 2018
FERTINNOWA Workshop series: Sharing fertigation best practices across Europe
Venue: Almeria,  Spain  
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5 October 2018
Day of field visits
Venue: Almeria, Spain
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