Provision of precision technology in the irrigation systems of the Murcia region to achieve Maximum efficiency and resource utilization Scarce, such as water, has been one of the main arguments on which to pivot in a meeting organized by the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Environment and Emergencies, Antonio Luengoand Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights of Malta, Anton Refallo.
Luengo revealed that “one of the priorities of the regional agriculture sector is the modernization of irrigation, to the point that 86 percent of our irrigation is done using local irrigation and much of it is controlled through intelligent systems.”
As mentioned in his morning speech, on the occasion of the dissemination of the results of the Aquares project, Luengo reiterated to the Minister the fact that The Region of Murcia is a European benchmark in reuse, and practically all treated water is used for agriculture. A process, the consultant stressed, “to which high energy efficiency criteria and technologies are applied” and which is already the subject of established cooperation with the Malta Energy and Water Agency.
Finally, Antonio Luengo invited the Republic of Malta to comply, in the person of the Minister Joint Declaration on Desertification signed in Crete on 27 October 2022In which the island state did not exist.
The Regional Head of Environment recalled in this regard Desertification “a growing threat in the European Union and the MediterraneanAs climate change projections show increasing vulnerability to desertification in Mediterranean Europe, especially in Italy, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Malta, Bulgaria and Romania, other Mediterranean regions of North Africa and the Balkans, with rising temperatures and droughts Huh. and the Black Sea outside the European Union”.
The declaration was prepared on the basis of the findings and outcomes of the I Mediterranean Interregional Forum to Combat Desertification, held in Murcia on 4 and 5 July 2022, as a follow-up to the activities of the Agriculture Intermediary Working Group on Impacts. The impact of climate change on Mediterranean agriculture.
“It aims to provide central institutions and the main Euro-Mediterranean stakeholders with proposals for the adaptation and mitigation of land degradation and desertification from a Mediterranean perspective, and thus allow a better assessment of the needs of policies, strategies and financing”, Luengo explained.
The Counselor also visited the premises of the Malta Power and Water Agency (EWA) to check the operations of a Aquifer Monitoring System Through technology imported from Israel, called SenSoil, which consists of probes that connect the target aquifer to the surface layer of the soil and present data on water quality at various depths.
At the visited facilities, it was possible to verify in real time the moisture results returned by a battery of sensors at various depths across the 2,000 monitored hectares, which are mostly gravity irrigated. The system has been offering data since 2020, with Malta being the only European country where it is currently implemented.