They will fight water deficit with American techniques

For a week, farmers, researchers and other stakeholders in the fruit sector of the Atacana Region, Chile, toured California as part of a technical tour that seeks new ways to optimize the management of water resources.

On this occasion, the attendees had the opportunity to learn about irrigation technologies in conditions of salinity and water deficit, in order to evaluate the feasibility of implementing them in the valleys of Copiapó and Huasco [northern Chile].

The group visited the facilities of the Salinity Laboratory of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Alta Cresta Olive Center, the University of Davis and Houweling's Tomatoes, one of the most important tomato producers in the Northern Hemisphere, where they could demonstrate the application of the technologies in conditions of salinity and water scarcity, indicated the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation [FIA] in a statement.

"We are very satisfied with the transfer experience we had with this group of local farmers and extension agents. In U.S.A. there are other parameters regarding the development of protected crops and salinity management due to the high investments they manage. However, we also realized that the similarity of climate and soil with Atacama allows that there are advances that go unnoticed and that we are sure that the professionals we visited there would be delighted to know"Said Gonzalo Burgos, specialist in irrigation and soil issues at the Institute of Agricultural Research [INIA], who headed the group that traveled to North America.

The activity was organized by the INIA with the support of the FIA, with the aim of carrying out knowledge transfer and improving the optimization of water resources, as well as learning about irrigation technologies in salinity conditions that can be replicated in the region.

"We must find mechanisms to deal with the changes we are experiencing and that we have seen in different areas of the country, such as drought, therefore, knowing technologies that are applied abroad and adapting them to our reality, is of the utmost importance to optimize the water resource, which is a scarce resource in the region"Said Héctor Echeverría, director of FIA.

For his part, Luis Leiva, a horticulturist in the sector of Chañar Blanco, stressed that what he learned in the USA. It can be applied in the medium term in their respective crops.

"The issue of technified irrigation is fundamental for me, especially because of the water problem we have today. I was lucky to participate in this experience and now I have an idea of ​​how to make a better investment", he pointed.

The results of the tour to California will also be broadcast in the province of Copiapó during the month of March.


Source: Fruit Portal

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