Egypt Reviews Smart Irrigation Applications to Save Water

SourceAsharq AL-awsat

Egypt is studying the latest developments in smart irrigation applications to conserve water, in light of the scarcity of freshwater resources and the expected crisis resulting from failure to reach an agreement on the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD). Egypt is officially at a water poverty stage, in which the per capita share is less than a thousand cubic meters annually. The government is implementing the Strategic National Water Plan 2037 to manage and meet water demand, with investments of nearly $50 million. The plan includes various projects such as desalination of seawater, converting agricultural lands to modern irrigation and treating wastewater. On Tuesday, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty held a meeting with experts and engineers who developed the applications for smart irrigation systems. They discussed various irrigation projects developed abroad, such as the date palm farms in the al-Ahsa region of Saudi Arabia. The smart irrigation systems help conserve water and increase crop productivity by assessing plant requirements with the level of soil moisture. It also takes into account a number of other factors, such as salinity and temperature. The meeting reviewed the applications implemented in Egypt, including more...