28 June 2016, 12:00AM
Growing more food with less water is becoming a critical challenge for agriculture across the world in the 21st century. Rising populations, decreasing water quality, and increasing water scarcity are creating burdens on agriculture.

A larger population needs more food and fibre
The water quality has decreased due to contamination - many times from traditional agricultural methods.
Agriculture has a diminishing supply of irrigation water to meet these rising demands. 

Improving how water is delivered to farms and put to use in fields is essential for meeting the changing needs of global populations. Improved water management can enhance food security, food safety, and human nutrition. Tremendous inefficiencies in global irrigation methods are numerous and difficult to manage. Addressing these problems creates many opportunities for progress and economic growth, especially in the developing world. 

Some environmental problems have been attributed to irrigation. Overuse of water can indeed cause shortages in river basins or deplete an underground water supply. Overwatering and lack of proper drainage can load soils with salt, damaging the land’s productive capacity. Improperly applied crop chemicals can also leach into groundwater or contaminate surface water. 

Irrigated agriculture is becoming more and more important, as the nutritional needs of the world grow with our population. Yet, irrigated agriculture faces many formidable challenges.

However, with modern irrigation management, advanced agronomic practices, and more refined decision-making systems, countries facing these challenges can create a more productive and profitable agricultural base. Societies that capitalise on these opportunities will meet the nutritional needs of their populations and at the same time they can become more competitive in the global marketplace. 

At the most basic level, the way that people take care of water must change before they can realise other benefits of enhanced agriculture. To grow more food, the water farmers’ use must be managed more carefully. 

Mechanised irrigation saves more energy and uses less water and labour than other forms of irrigation. It has proven to have the lowest operating costs and longest lifespan of any irrigation equipment available.

By using irrigation equipment that is more durable and efficient, farmers are able to increase their revenue, their crop yields, and even the land area they farm. Mechanised irrigation can also help solve other problems, such as waterlogged soils, salinity, and water contamination. Modernising irrigation practices, then, has both economic and environmental benefits. Mechanised irrigation is an excellent place to begin as countries seek ways to grow more food with less water and human toil. 

For more information about mechanised irrigation options, talk to the experienced professionals at TEAM Irrigation.

We can design, install and manage a mechanised irrigation system that is right for you based on the available water, land, power, growing requirements and budget.

Contact us for more information about how mechanised irrigation can work for you or call us now on 02 6885 5220. 

* Valley’s Circles of Life brochure on Valley Irrigation Website