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Egypt, Spain sign MoU to implement innovative irrigation project

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) signed last week an MoU to implement an innovative irrigation project worth €670,000.

The aim is to promote innovative irrigation practices to help farmers achieve water-use efficiency and increase their production. Boosting food security with climate-smart techniques, the project will support the digitization of irrigation monitoring to help farmers improve their on-farm irrigation scheduling and the use of fertirrigation to maximize production and an efficient use of resources.

Technical support for a large-scale irrigation project will also be provided following the results of the pilot projects in the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt.

Embedding the circular economy principles into the project, innovative irrigation practices help achieve the triple bottom line of people, profit and planet by helping farmers gain an economic advantage while also reducing environmental burdens, increasing their production by 40 percent and their profits by 30 percent.

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