PRECIMED - Precision Irrigation Management to Improve Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency in theMediterranean Region

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PRECIMED project will research, develop and validate a Standards-based Decision Support System (DSS) including Irrigation/Fertirrigation Models for a massive analysis of real-time crop and meteorological status data to improve the efficient use of water, nutrients and energy. For this, the consortium will integrate the knowledge on fertilizers and irrigation of Mediterranean crops with innovative information and communication technologies (ICT) to develop a solution that will be respectful with the environment and economically profitable. The DSS will be developed for the end user that can easily access and manage through web interfaces from anywhere with the Internet and using their mobile phones, tablets or PC. The DSS platform will be able to collect a large amount of crop data, which will be processed and analyzed in order to provide notices to the user about crop needs and real-time recommendations to farmers regarding the best irrigation and fertilization practices. The DSS will offer management services and remote actuations to improve the lives of Mediterranean farmers and also save water and fertilizers in a region with significant problems of water stress and soil pollution. The challenge is to create stronger bridges between the two areas of the Mediterranean basin, which is made up of EU and non-EU countries: Tunisia, Algeria, Spain and Greece. In this sense, the consortium is made up of SMEs, research centers and end users that will collaborate to validate the solution for subsequent commercialization. This project will allow the consortium to achieve an irrigation and fertilization DSS that is designed, evaluated and validated by supporting farmers in the different participating countries, to reduce the gap between the platform's developers and farmers' users in order to reach a successful solution for the agricultural sector.

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Period of Implementations

Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2022

Total Budget

EUR 1.550.779,00

OUR IMPACT

Goals

- To Improve Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency (WUE and NUE) in the Mediterranean Region by using intensive ICT solutions. - To facilitate the interchange of technology and best goods practices between EU and non-EU Mediterranean countries in order to improve the water and nutrient use efficiency in all the Mediterranean Region. - To develop and validate (in different demonstration farms) a Standards-based Decision Support System for data-driven irrigation/fertilization management that evaluates the medium-term evolution of crop nutritional status, soil salinity, yield and fruit quality and safety, optimizing the water and fertilizers needs and the energy costs at farm level. - To ensure that the project activities and outcomes reach the relevant target groups, especially end-users (farmers), thus enhancing the market uptake of PRECIMED’s solutions.

Objectives

The general objective of PRECIMED will be the development, validation and transfer of a data driven irrigation management system, in order to improve Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency in the Mediterranean region, by integrating the knowledge about fertilizers and irrigation water management with Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), which will be respectful with the environment and socioeconomically profitable. The solution provided by PRECIMED is a system that can be easily accessed and handled by the end-user through customer-friendly interfaces. This system will be comprised of several subsystems; Data Acquisition, DSS and User Interaction subsystems, each of them composed of different sources of information and component like state-of-the-art agronomical sensor, soil and crop databases, etc. PRECIMED will be able to collect large amount of crop data, which will be processed and analyzed by the system, after which it will provide feedback about crop needs and real time recommendations to the farmers with respect to irrigation and fertilization best practices.

Impact Pathway

PRECIMED will follow a scientific approach based on experimental results to describe the operation of the framework and their analysis to get, on the one hand, feedback to improve the designed solutions and on the other hand to publish and disseminate the evaluation results and also disseminate and discuss the lessons learned and best practices based on the gained experience. The activities to be carried out during the project have been carefully designed to achieve the project goals and most importantly, to deliver maximum socioeconomic impact, transfer of knowledge and deal with challenges in the water sector. The main expected impacts of PRECIMED contributions to the topic are: - Improving on-farm water use efficiency while maintaining crop productivity, quality and safety, and soil fertility. - Upscaling the on-farm water use efficiency gain to the irrigation district level. - To demonstrate irrigation scheduling models and tools to be developed in collaboration with private companies, mainly SMEs. - To determine irrigation protocols tailored to low-quality water availability and to new climate-proof crops with reduced water requirements. - To reduce contamination of aquifers, mainly by nitrates, thanks to the improved fertirrigation scheduling protocols.

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