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First Agricultural Water Summit to be held in Chile in April

First Agricultural Water Summit to be held in Chile in April

The first-ever edition of the Agricultural Water Summit will be held across three days, staring on April 20, 2021, in the Hotel Sun Monticello Conference Center in San Francisco de Mostazal, close to the capital of Chile, Santiago. Organised by Yentzen Group, the Agricultural Water Summit will be a meeting point not only for the agricultural industry and related entities in Chile but also for international experts, who will come together to share their experience on using innovative techniques and farm management styles to limit the impacts of drought on horticultural operations.

Fostering intersectoral cooperation through both public and private organizations in order to bring about new and meaningful responses to the water crisis is another imperative of the event. The event is expected the receive hundreds of attendees from Chile and the rest of the world, as well as dozens of commercial exhibitors.

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First edition of Agricultural Water Summit Scheduled for April 2021 in Chile

Agricultural Water Summit moved to September 22, 2020
© Agricultural Water Summit

 

The first ever edition of the Agricultural Water Summit will take place on April 20, 2021, in the Hotel Sun Monticello Conference Center in San Francisco de Mostazal, close to the capital Santiago. Organised by Yentzen Group, the Agricultural Water Summit will be a meeting point not only for the agricultural industry and related entities in Chile but also for international experts, who will come together to share their experience on using innovative techniques and farm management styles to limit the impacts of drought on horticultural operations.

Fostering intersectoral cooperation through both public and private organizations in order to bring about new and meaningful responses to the water crisis is another imperative of the event.

The event is expected the receive hundreds of attendees from Chile and the rest of the world, as well as dozens of commercial exhibitors.

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Water consumption monitoring tech can provide huge savings

Water consumption monitoring tech can provide huge savings
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A company Chile has developed award-winning technology that can provide significant savings on water and energy consumption.

 

Santiago, Chile – Sept. 10, 2020 – Hydroscada offers integrated solutions to large agricultural operations, allowing them to see in real-time exactly how much water is being used throughout their farms and facilities, and to make improvements and increased efficiencies where possible.

Company representatives say it has so far helped customers to optimize water consumption in their irrigation and well extraction systems.

It also offers companies the ability to measure energy consumption, thereby greater reducing the energy bills and making the operations more sustainable, achieving energy savings of up to 65.7%.

In addition, its Effective Extraction Monitoring System (MEE) solution for wells and open channels helps users to comply with new regulations being implemented in Chile that require reporting of water consumption amid a severe drought in much of the country.

Speaking with FreshFruitPortal.com ahead of the Agricultural Water Summit, the company’s Commercial Manager Arturo B. Valdés explained that Hydroscada had initially been focused on irrigation systems after it was created in 2002. But since then it has evolved significantly with the development of technologies that help Chilean companies face both high energy costs and the effects of climate change.

In 2017, Hydroscada won the Avonni National Innovation Prize, in the ‘Entel Digital Solutions’ category, for its ‘Water Rights online’ project. With it, energetically autonomous hardware and software can be used to measure flow rates and water levels.

“The award was for a water flow monitoring system, which allows the farmers to know how much water they are actually using, how much they are entitled to, and how much actually enters their fields,” Valdés said. “There the whole story behind Hydroscada came together – the Internet, a platform, and measurement.”

He explained that many farms lose huge quantities of water due to problems in their canals, for instance due to rocks obstructing the channel. On large farms with an expansive irrigation system, this can be especially problematic and difficult to monitor.

“This product is therefore very useful for farms that have a lot of irrigation canals, to be able to monitor them in real-time,” he said.

Since 2019, Hydroscada has been part of the ecosystem of telecoms company Entel Ocean to “massify and strengthen” the SGE remote monitoring technology. They have been working closely together since then, developing MEE systems for water in wells, to help companies comply with new regulations currently being implemented in 10 regions by the General Water Directorate (DGA).

Due to the severe drought being experiencing through Chile’s central and northern regions, the DGA is requiring that all farms and farming companies measure and regularly report exactly how much water they are using – a system that Valdes says many farms do not currently have.

He says that digitization will allow agriculture to be empowered to increase its productivity while complying with the DGA regulations. The solution offered by Hydroscada and Entel Ocean ensures connectivity and reports, in addition to including alarms and real-time data as a management tool, to achieve efficient use of water.

The company has also been installing its MEE systems on the farms of major Chilean agricultural companies and vineyards.

An integrated, value-added solution

Aside from its almost two decades of expertise, one of Hydroscala’s unique selling points is its offering of an integrated, value-added system, as well as its experience across many areas. Unlike many other companies, it covers the measuring of both energy and water consumption across a farm’s entire operations.

“We are a little bit like the primary care doctor for the agricultural industry,” said Amparo Dominguez, Head of Innovation and Marketing at Hydroscada.

“Nowadays there are lots of technological solutions, and what Hydroscada does is bring them together through alliances in an integrated solution.”

Tackling the water crisis in Chile

Asked what they believe is necessary for Chile to do in order to overcome the water crisis, which is already crippling parts of the agricultural sector, the Hydroscada representatives said that it is essential to monitor water consumption and know exactly how much everyone is using.

“In that sense, I think that what the DGA is doing is the right thing, and it’s what must be done,” said Valdes.

“The first thing that has to be done in any shortage is measure. Measure how much is being used, know if you have a right to use it, and confirm if you’re using it efficiently. That’s the first step in all this, and it’s what the DGA started doing last year. Now it’s beginning to carry out inspections.”

He also explained that although Chile has been under drought conditions for many years, a lot of farmers are beginning initiatives to look after water.

“There are improvements that can be done very easily and very quickly that allow you to save water,” he said.

Dominguez added that the industry is facing a scenario in which it must produce more food as the population grows but with a more efficient use of water.

“Crises such as this are an opportunity to grow and readapt,” she said, highlighting the need to not just save but also reuse water – such as gray water, the majority of which goes to the sea.

It is important to learn from other countries and regions that have been successful in developing and implementing technologies to save and reuse water too, she said, such as Israel, Australia and California.

“We’re not talking about reinventing the wheel, but bringing technology that has been proven to work elsewhere,” she said.

Public-private partnerships will also be essential to overcome the major challenges, with all stakeholders working together to find and implement solutions.

“In Chile there is lots of innovation and lots of talent, but we also need to see how other more developed countries have overcome these challenges, and that is why we want to be in the Agricultural Water Summit,” she said. “We have invested a lot in innovation and developing technologies, and we are consolidated, so we want to contribute with these proven solutions and massify them.”

Agricultural Water Summit

The first-ever edition of the Agricultural Water Summit will take place on April 20, 2021 in the Hotel Monticello Conference Center in San Francisco de Mostazal. 

Organized by Yentzen Group, the Agricultural Water Summit will be a meeting point not only for the agricultural industry and related entities in Chile but also for international experts, who will come together to share their experience with using innovative techniques and farm management styles to limit the impacts of drought on horticultural operations.

Fostering multisectoral cooperation through both public and private organizations in order to bring about new and meaningful responses to the water crisis is another imperative of the event. 

Key topics to be discussed during the day include new technologies and innovations for more efficient use of water, research on the water requirements of specific horticultural crops and varieties, interbasin transfer, alternatives to improve the distribution of resources, and the current situation of the water crisis both in Chilean agricultural regions and around the world.

For more information on the Agricultural Water Summit, click here.

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Agricultural Water Summit moved to September 22, 2020

Agricultural Water Summit moved to September 22, 2020

The first event focused on the water crisis affecting the agricultural industry has announced a new date in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event has been moved to Sept. 22, 2020 and will still take place at the Monticello Conference Center and Hotel in San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile.

The Agricultural Water Summit will provide an excellent opportunity for different actors related to water in agriculture and other affected industries to come together for a dynamic and in-depth conversation. Innovation, education, and cooperation will key critical in the search for new solutions for the use, reuse and generation of water for agriculture.

Gustavo Yentzen, general manager of event organiser the Yentzen Group, said the day will provide a unique opportunity for attendees. “The Agricultural Water Summit will be the first multi-sectoral event for water in the agricultural industry. The event will play an important role in the industry by facilitating the discussions, business, and development of innovations necessary to overcome the water crisis. It will be a key opportunity for small, medium and large producers to connect with other actors involved with water and be part of a new kind of agriculture that is sustainable, innovative, efficient, and collaborative.  It will be a space to talk about the water crisis that is affecting the whole world, and whose relevance has been reduced recently due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Yentzen added that although the Yentzen Group is the organiser of the event, the Agricultural Water Summit has grown and evolved hand in hand with other entities, such as: the Israeli Embassy in Chile; the Association of Irrigation and Drainage (Agryd); the Latin American Association of Desalination and Reuse of Water (Aladyr); the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture; the National Commission of Irrigation (CNR); the Chilean Fruit Exporters’ Association (Asoex); the National Society of Agriculture (SNA); and the Federation of Fruit Producers (Fedefruta), among others. Invitations have been extended to numerous companies, countries, and national and international organizations that have developed innovations to overcome water-related challenges. These guests will be part of a programme that will highlight diverse and creative solutions for the preservation and management of water.

About the event

The Agricultural Water Summit 2020 will be a meeting point for the global agricultural industry, bringing together world-class experts. During the day, numerous key issues related to the water crisis in Chile and around the world will be addressed, such as the importance of applying new technologies and optimizing current irrigation systems for the efficient management and use of water.

The day will be divided into three sections that will allow attendees to gain an integrated and strategic vision of how to efficiently use this scarce and indispensable resource. The first section will analyse the experiences of Australia, Israel, and the U.S. state of California, and the knowledge they have acquired. The second will be focused on the efficient management of irrigation water, evapotranspiration and the important role of technology and genetic innovation in the productivity and efficient consumption of water of crops. The third section will address the collaborative work and the interdisciplinary initiatives related to water in different parts of society.