System to reduce farm water use to launch in Dubai
Dubai, March 24, 2014
A new water containment system that helps reduce water usage by 9,200 gallons per tree each year, saving about 92 per cent, will be launched at a conference in Dubai.
The Agra Middle East will run from March 25 to 27 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Distributed in the GCC by Germany-based ILS Global, the new system comprises a cone-shaped patented tree guard called Tree T Pee, made from 100 per cent recycled plastic, and is positioned at the base of young trees to reduce water use, fertiliser and fuel consumption, and to promote growth.
Tree T Pee stores the water from the micro jet sprayers into the cone creating a mini-greenhouse around the tree.
The greenhouse will direct the water and liquid fertiliser to the roots promoting up to a 30 per cent increase in the growth of new trees.
Philipp Mintchin, founder of ILS Global, said: “On average, a grower is using 10,000 gallons of water per tree each year. When using the Tree T Pee, the water usage goes down to 800 gallons per year, a 92 per cent saving.
“Over 5,000 acres of Tree T Pees have been installed in Florida so far and the growers have seen phenomenal results. This is the first time it’s being introduced in the GCC.
“Our primary objective is to help tackle the increasing problem of water conservation in one of the most arid regions in the world and make a difference in the agricultural sector one tree at a time.”
“Tree T Pee reduces the cost for operation, and it is also environmentally friendly. By encompassing water to where it is needed, growers can save a substantial reduction in water, fuel, fertiliser and herbicide costs.”
Richard Pavitt, exhibition director, said: “The scarcity of water in dry areas is, and always has been, a major challenge to agricultural production. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation reported that except for Europe and North America, agriculture is by far the biggest user of water, accounting for about 69 per cent of all global withdrawals. The search is therefore on to find novel ways to improve the efficiency of the water used in irrigated agriculture.
“Products like the Tree T Pee are another step towards facilitating the water problems in the Middle East and promoting sustainable agricultural growth in the region.”
Agra Middle East will feature two dedicated industry conferences – the Agribusiness Outlook Forum and the Poultry Outlook Forum.
A major highlight of the event will be the AgraME Awards, recognising individuals and organisations that have contributed to the growth and development of the agricultural industry with focus on best practices and innovative approach.
The event is co-located with VET Middle East, a leading event for the bourgeoning veterinary industry in the region. - TradeArabia News Service