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Interactive Farmers Support System for Efficient Water Use Management (RULAND)
Start date: Apr 9, 2012,

Most of the water in agriculture in the cross-border region is wasted due to low irrigation efficiency, bad irrigation scheduling and other reasons. The main objective of the project is to develop a cross- border interactive farmers support system to help farmers improve their water use efficiency, as well as their yields and economical benefits. More specifically, the project will result in: 1. Data collection, data elaboration and development of common geo-data base for: land use, soils, climatic data and other parameters. 2. Development of weather/soil data acquisition system in real-time in order to assess evapotranspiration and crop water requirement.3. Downscaling of regional data to the specific field and implementation of site-specific approach for irrigation management trough development of sensors/software that will measure required parameters (soil moisture, rainfalls amount, temperature etc. as well as crop data). 4. Implementation of a common set of system/software/sensors as a case study for both countries.5. Wide dissemination activities and viable sustainable planning after the project end. All projects results will be demonstrated on a pilot run on ten farms on both countries enabling comparison of results on water consumption savings.
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