Projects

Irrigated agriculture and water management

Sustainable irrigated agriculture and water management strategies

Posted on 16 June 2011

Irrigated agriculture and water management

After the collapse of the Soviet Union the performance of irrigated agriculture decreased drastically. The problems underlie the very low levels of investment, largely due to a lack of collateral. Also, there are few or no incentives to try to maximise farm profits because salaries are not linked to performance.

Goals

Development of a plan for sustainable agriculture and integrated water resources management in the Dzhankoy irrigation department in Crimea;

Dissemination of sustainable agriculture and integrated water resources management practices available at institutions in the Netherlands to Ukrainian/ Crimean counterpart institutions.

Impact

The current situation in irrigated agriculture in the North Crimea Canal irrigation system in Crimea has been described and analysed and an irrigation feasibility study performed. The results show that irrigation can be profitable, even in the most distant parts of the system. Experts from both countries joined forces to draw up a development plan for sustainable farming, through the introduction of business planning and farm extensions, and for integrated water resources management.

Project location

Project partners

  • Alterra/Wageningen UR