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The importance of agricultural water.

By 12 December 2023No Comments
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Agricultural water is essential for crop growth. From germination to harvest, each stage of the plant life cycle requires an adequate amount of water to ensure healthy development.

What is agricultural water?

It is the water that is used to grow fresh produce. The use of agricultural water makes it possible to grow fruit and vegetables, which is a major part of our diet all over the world. 

It can be used for irrigation, fertiliser application, crop cooling and frost control. 

How has climate change affected us?

Climate change has had and will continue to have a significant impact on water resources used in agriculture.

  • Rainfall variabilityThis can result in longer dry spells and unpredictable heavy rainfall, which can affect crops.
  • Temperature increaseMay lead to increased evaporation of water from soils and water bodies. This can increase crop water demand and reduce water availability for agriculture.
  • Increase in extreme weather eventsClimate change is associated with an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. These events may cause damage to irrigation infrastructure or affect water quality.
  • Changes in groundwater availabilityClimate change may also influence the recharge of aquifers and the availability of groundwater, which is a crucial source of water for agriculture.

To address these challenges, it is crucial to implement sustainable agricultural practices and improve water use efficiency. But sustainability in agriculture is not only the responsibility of producers, it is a collective effort. 

At Iberiana we are aware of our responsibility We are committed to the environment and want to be an active part of the change towards a more sustainable world.

We are therefore proud to support Phase 1 of the programme. Impact of the partnership for sustainable water management (AWS). We are currently working in several fields (in Huelva) with different producers to provide our suppliers with the knowledge, skills and networks they need to better understand their water use and its impact on the catchment and work together to solve common water problems. 

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