Konya Sugar aims to implement this project in 1,000,000 ha agricultural land that are irrigated within Turkey. The estimated period to finish the project is 5 years from now. First year 20 percent (200,000 ha agricultural land) of total project is planned to be finished.
Konya Sugar has established the following targets:
- Drip irrigation area: one million hectares
- Total amout of water savings: 2.5 billion liters (over five years)
- Total amoung of savings: million (over five years)
The decrease of rainfall by the effects of global warming, plus the decreasing level of ground water and above water sources, which are the result of using water uncontrolled, plus irregular rainfall are major signs of water crisis that we will face in the future.
Turkey has 30 million hectare cultivatable land, and conducts water farming on 3.5 million hectares of it. Agricultural irrigation has the biggest impact in water consumption with 72% major ratio; 88% of it is rude irrigation. Surface irrigation causes decrease of land fertility and increases agricultural costs. Surface irrigation also results in discharged wells, rivers, dams, lakes, polluted water, and decreased soil fertility. The solution to all these problems is drip irrigation.
Drip irrigation is a modern method of irrigating fields, greenhouses, gardens, lands by filtering water from clay, sand moss, and dirt. It consumes 50% less water compared with the other traditional irrigation techniques. This irrigation provides insecticide and fertilizer that fields need economically and effectively by water drips.
The lands of Turkey, which are becoming desert, infertile and salty, will be getting maximum yield of fertile lands by drip irrigation systems. Drip irrigation system will provide using of water economically and consciously in field irrigation. Water, energy, fertilizer, insecticide, labor costs, which are of great importance, will decrease in farming costs. Product quality and fertility will increase, whereas drought, getting salty and erosion will be prevented. Also irrigating in sloped fields will increase present irrigated farm fields.
PROJECT PARTNERS WILL BE LOCAL COOPERAT?VES, C0MPANIES $ INDIVIDUAL FARMERS
Volunteers, state-owned or private organizations within country and region.
Konya Sugar aims to ensure that compressive irrigation is used in all agricultural activities. At first stage the implementation will be done in Konya region; then drip irrigation will be implemented in 1,000,000 ha agricultural land all around the country.