INTEL-IRRIS - Intelligent Irrigation System for Low-cost Autonomous Water Control in Small-scale Agriculture

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Intel-IrriS is a PRIMA project from Section 2 Multitopic 2020 Thematic Area 1-Water management addressing low cost, lean solutions for enhancing irrigation efficiency of small-scale farms. Intel-IrriS will provide the smallholder farmers a more efficient management of its available water by deploying of an open, low-cost and autonomous irrigation control system based on IoT and smart technologies. The irrigation process to decide/suggest how much water is needed to maintain the optimal production potential without water wasting can be adapted (i) for a particular crop, (ii) at a particular moment and (iii) for a given soil type and condition because it will be seconded by algorithms predicting the behaviour of the complex soil/plant/atmosphere system.

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Period of Implementations

Jun 1, 2021 - May 31, 2024

Total Budget

EUR 1.045.120,00

OUR IMPACT

Goals

The goal of Intel-IrriS is to contribute in not only saving water but also in increasing the water usage efficiency, while taking into account the specificities of socio-economic contexts of smallholder farmers as well as current irrigation practices. Existing solutions are generally very expensive and provide raw data which are not easy to be used directly by small farmers. Therefore, Intel-IrriS main objectives are (1) to reduce the cost of smart technologies for smallholders – dividing the cost by a factor between 10 and 100, (2) to increase adoption of smart technologies by smallholders by "translating" raw data into readable information used for making decision about irrigation adjustment (reducing total amount of water through improved timing and real-time adaptation to the agro-environmental conditions) and (3) to increase on a long-term the smallholders' sustained production and income, as well as the local innovation opportunities and capacities.

Objectives

Objective 1: Propose low cost but highly efficient water control systems for irrigation optimization. Objective 2: Use cutting-edge technologies to propose highly innovative systems yet simple to deploy and adapted to smallholders. Objective 3: Seamless integration into existing irrigation system and/or local customs and practices. Objective 4: Improve farmer's knowledge on water-related issues, foster local adaptation of technologies, increase local innovation capacity and facilitate technology appropriation. Objective 5: Large-scale adoption of low cost smart irrigation system by smallholders, stimulating synergies between various local actors.

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