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Sustainable solutions: Netafim’s drip irrigation shows significant benefits for potato farmers and the environment

Netafim, an Orbia business and a global leader in precision agriculture solutions, announced today the findings of a comprehensive Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) that demonstrates the significant environmental benefits of using drip irrigation for potato cultivation, particularly in reducing Global Warming Potential (GWP) and water consumption.

Adopted by the IPCC for assessing the science of climate change, GWP is a measure of how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere over a specific time period, relative to carbon dioxide.

Drip versus rain gun irrigation systems

Demand for potato products is at an all-time high while growers are increasingly motivated to improve water efficiency and reduce the environmental cost of production.  The LCA study focused on the environmental impacts of drip versus rain gun irrigation systems for both fresh and processed potatoes. 

Conducted in partnership with Potato Solutions and Drip UK, the trial took place in Norfolk, East Anglia, from March to October 2022. The key findings below underscore the efficiency and sustainability of drip irrigation over irrigation by rain gun for potato production. 

  • Potatoes grown with drip irrigation exhibit a 54% reduction in GWP for fresh potatoes to those irrigated with rain guns.
  • Drip irrigation for processing potatoes requires 40% less water per ton of potato than rain gun systems, highlighting the technology’s ability to conserve one of our most precious resources.

“In the fight against climate change, drip irrigation technology emerges as a powerful ally, paving the way for a more sustainable agricultural landscape,” said Max Moldavsky, Director of Innovation and Climate Solutions at Orbia Netafim.

He added, “Amidst mounting environmental pressures, farmers and companies are confronted with urgent calls to mitigate their impact, sustainable growing is not just a choice but a necessity to meet these demands and safeguard our planet’s future.”

Adaptability and efficiency of drip irrigation

Tim Kitson, of Potato Solutions, highlighted the adaptability and efficiency of drip irrigation, especially in regions facing water scarcity, “Even under ever-changing conditions and the looming threat of water scarcity, drip irrigation has shown remarkable reliability and resilience, ensuring water preservation and effective energy management.”

This study not only reaffirms Orbia Netafim’s commitment to sustainable agriculture but also highlights the importance of innovative irrigation solutions in addressing global challenges such as climate change and water scarcity.

By leveraging precision irrigation technologies, Orbia Netafim continues to drive forward its mission of growing more with less, benefiting farmers, the environment, and communities worldwide.

Source: Orbia Netafim
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