Why we do it
A.A.S. is active in the most advanced and fastest growing segment of the irrigation industry. The vast population growth leads to constantly increasing needs for freshwater and agricultural commodities. The sustainability of drip irrigation systems lays on the fact that saves water and nutrients and at the same time increases the quality and overall crop production.
What is drip irrigation
Drip irrigation enables farmers to save water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly directly to the roots of plants. There are two methods of installing a drip irrigation system, either on the soil surface or buried below the surface which is called Subsurface Drip Irrigation "SDI". The main idea is to place water directly into the root zone and minimize evaporation.
Drip irrigation efficiency
Drip irrigation systems are far more efficient and effective than any other irrigation type, such as surface or sprinkler irrigation. Moreover, the fact that all plants receive the same amount of water and nutrients, enables crops to grow evenly and the losses are minimized. Therefore, a drip irrigation system not only saves water and nutrients, but also increases the quality and overall production of crops.
Factors driving the vast increase in drip irrigation demand
According to recent studies of United Nations and The World Bank, only 2,5% of world's water is freshwater, from which less than 1% is accessible. By 2050, nearly half of the world's population will be living in areas where water is scarce and 90% of all population growth will happen in regions where there is currently no sustainable access to water.
The earth's population is constantly growing and putting further strain on water resources and food supplies. Population growth amounts to around 83 million annually. The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1800 to 7,6 billion in 2018. It is expected to keep growing, and estimates have put the total population at 8,6 billion by 2030 and 9,8 billion by 2050.