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FERTINNOWA @ the ERIAFF network annual conference in Netherlands

The first results of FERTINNOWA was presented the network of the European Regions for Innovation in Agriculture, Food and Forestry

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FERTINNOWA @ the ERIAFF network annual conference in Netherlands

  1. 1. Esther Lechevallier ERIAFF Conference, Den Haag, The Netherlands 30th of June 2017 FERTINNOWA Transfer of INNOvative techniques for sustainable WAter use in FERtigated crops Horizon 2020
  2. 2. FERTINNOWA concept A possible solution in MGS? Could it work ? (technological, socio-economic, regulatory?) Cucumber growers experience a water problem Fertigated crops: -outdoor/indoor, -soilless/ soil grown , -vegetables/ornamentals/ fruits / trees Bottom-up approach
  3. 3. Step 1: mapping the current situation • 369 grower’s interviews carried out in Europe & South-Africa  On 531 cropping systems • Focus on: • Technologies applied • Technological, socio-economic and legislative bottlenecks regarding - water sources - water use efficiency - reducing environmental impact +growers needs Horizon 2020 Outcomes will be published on the website from September 2017 on. Coming soon !
  4. 4. 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 Poland Slovenia France Italy Portugal South Africa Spain Belgium France Netherlands United Kingdom Central -EastMediterraneanNorth-West Type of cropping system per country soil-grown covered soil-grown outdoor soilless covered soilless outdoor 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Belgium,n=43 Netherlands,n=42 UnitedKingdom,n=17 FranceNorth,n=16 FranceSouth,n=26 Spain,n=94 Italy,n=33 SouthAfrica,n=8 Poland,n=73 Slovenia,n=19 North-West Mediterranean Central-East Percentage of growers mentioning an issue regarding their water source Quantity problems Quality problems (mineral composition) Sanitary problems Chemical pollution problems Issues are very diverse across countries & cropping systems !
  5. 5. 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Cropappearance Substrate/soilappearance FixedScheduleadjusted Fixedschedule Weatherstation Solarimeter Temperature Computerisedwaterbalancemethods Manualwaterbalancesheet Modelingdevice DecisionSupportSystem Tensiometer Capacitanceprobe Watermark Neutronprobe TDRprobe Substratewatercontent Substrateweighing Leaf/Stemwaterpotential Dendrometer Canopycoverage Lysimeter Demandtraysystem ECsensorindischargewater Drainagevolumemeasurement Measureofvolumeofwaterdelivered… Measureofvolumedeliveredatemitter Without tool Weather parameters Water balance Soil/substrate sensors Crop sensors Drainage sensors (SL) Supply control North-West United Kingdom North-West Netherlands North-West France North-West Belgium Mediterranean Spain Mediterranean South Africa Mediterranean Italy Mediterranean France Central-East Slovenia Central-East Poland Non-tech solution are still much more used! Mapping the current practices Direct crop / soil sensors are the least used
  6. 6. What would convince you to use more sustainable water sources?
  7. 7. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Reducing labour costs (e.g. operation of manual valves) Security of water supply Addressing current or future restricted water availability Licencing / legislative changes and need to demonstrate efficiency use Meeting customer requirement to demonstrate sustainable production Improving security of the production Reducing crop and siol damages Improving financial returns reduce production costs Increasing marketable yields Improving crop quality Which factor is the most important for adopting more efficient fertigation & water management practices?
  8. 8. • 148 technological review documents = how does a technology scores at: • technological level • socio-economic level • regulatory level • Some examples of TRD’s: Outcomes are being published on the website database Step 2: evaluating the current situation Freshly launched!!
  9. 9. Comment & Feedback area Let us know your opinion & experience! Technology description Available in English & at least one other language Results from the feedback +users rates Pictures & functionning schemes
  10. 10. Step 3: solving problems by exchange of knowledge/technologies 1. What can we learn from each other?  Collective consultations (growers, advisors, policymakers, industry, …)  Workshops…. 2. Since Spring 2017 25 pilots have been set up all over Europe to exchange technologies. -> demonstration activities! Follow the outcomes of the exchanges fom August on!
  11. 11. Step 4: bridging the gap between knowledge and implementation Horizon 2020 • July ‘17: release technology database • August ‘17: interactive maps technology exchange • September ‘17: outcomes grower’s surveys • November ’17: workshop on exchange of technologies
  12. 12. FERTINNOWA’s passport  Partners: 23 + 1 linked third party (9 member states + South-Africa) Horizon 2020
  13. 13. Contacts: • Els Berckmoes (Coordinator) 0032491 37 08 50 • Esther Lechevallier Thank you for your attention!