Smart Irrigation Gains Importance in Agriculture Sector


Published Date : May 24, 2016

According to a report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), agricultural production and consumption across the globe would be 60% higher in 2050 than in 2005-2007. As land under cultivation is not significantly increasing, productivity of arable land is being enhanced by advanced agricultural techniques. Governments across nations with the help of the private sector are focusing on helping farmers to maximize agricultural yields through efficient usage of water. Smart irrigation controls the usage of water by scheduling irrigation cycles at specific times of the day. With the help of sensors and water flow controllers, run times of irrigation system are automated. This ensures efficient usage of water as well as providing the crops with precise water levels.  

Technological advancements have played a key role in the growth of the global smart irrigation market. Features such as automatic shutdown of the smart irrigation system have caught the attention of the agricultural community. Advanced smart irrigation systems can be combined with weather data systems to project the amount of water needed on a field during a particular period. These factors are expected to further boost the growth of the global smart irrigation market. 
 
Zilker Focuses on Smart Irrigation in Yards and Lawns

In the U.S., startup firm Zilker is bringing smart watering to yards and lawns. According to the U.S. EPA, landscape irrigation accounts for around one-third of the overall residential water usage per day. Hence, reducing water inefficiencies in yards and lawns can significantly reduce home water consumption. The Zilker system consists of a small hub that is installed inside homes which in turn, communicates with one or more valves. The water flow from the hose can be automatically controlled. With the help of a mobile app, water delivery from each valve can be set.