UN SDG Goal 6 is probably the one closest to our hearts here at Netafim. While the outcome of irrigation benefits all the other goals, at its heart, climate smart agriculture makes use of minimum water to deliver maximum yield. Irrigation is the key to efficiency in so many agricultural processes, and water conservation is a critical environmental necessity. At Netafim, for over 50 years, we have been teaching the world how to save water.
Today, more than 660 million people are still without access to drinking water, and water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population, according to the UN. More than 80% of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea and each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases. Precision use of water for agriculture is the key to conserving water while maximizing the benefits of water use. UN SDG Goal 6 advances sustainable water management and includes achieving universal, equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all and substantially increasing water-use efficiency across all sectors.
We can present endless statistics that confirm the significant levels of water conservation that are achieved through drip irrigation. Take a look at our last Sustainability Report to see several examples. In addition, we have been working diligently to create irrigation systems that use wastewater to grow more with less. For example, in the last two years, recognizing the needs of today’s dairy farmers, Netafim and Sustainable Conservation teamed up to develop a sub-surface drip irrigation solution that enables the consistent and reliable application of liquid manure as a nutrient-rich fertilizer.
Check out our video that describes this initiative here:
The innovative system uses advanced filtration which blends naturally produced dairy wastewater with fresh water and sends the nutrient-rich fertilizer to the corn crops through underground driplines. The groundbreaking technology was developed as part of a 2-year joint research study conducted at De Jager Farms in Chowchilla, CA. So far, results show an overall 30% reduction in water in one year and a 20% improvement in yield per acre in a test plot.
UN SDG Goal 6 is as important to Netafim as it is to our shared future on the planet. We continue to collaborate and innovate to support Agenda 2030.
Read more posts in our “Advancing the SDGs” series.