Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) is a highly efficient irrigation technique that allows localised delivery of water and nutrients to the plant at exactly the point of maximum utilisation: below the soil surface. In this way, crop growth is optimised while water, energy and fertiliser are applied as rationally as possible.
The benefits of this irrigation technique are due to the fact that water and nutrients are applied directly to the root system, that the wetted area of the surface and thus evaporation losses are eliminated, and that the subsurface installation avoids the presence of irrigation system components on the surface. This leads to multiple advantages that result in significant economic impacts that are always favourable for the farm, making SDI the best alternative at an economic, agronomic and ecological level.
However, in order to take full advantage of their benefits, it is important to master the specific design and installation criteria for these irrigation systems. Knowing them and applying them correctly during the agronomic design of the installation is essential.
Therefore, throughout the SUDIPRO project, AZUD is working on the development of a digital tool to transfer its expertise in the precise design of SDI systems. Thanks to this tool, any user with a technical profile will be able to have at their disposal, in a simple, accessible and intuitive way, AZUD’s extensive experience together with the latest scientific knowledge based on rigorous, objective and validated criteria.
With this initiative, AZUD is committed to leading a radical transformation of water application systems by promoting the use of the most efficient irrigation techniques to ensure smarter and more circular water management.
SUDIPRO is part of the bilateral Egyptian-Spanish Joint Programme of Co-operation on Industrial Research and Development and has the national support of the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI).
Together with AZUD, they participate in the SUDIPRO project:
With the support of the following research centres: