The UK Irrigation Association (UKIA) have produced an Irrigators’ Handbook which brings together valuable information on irrigation matters for farmers and growers.
James Dodds, Chairperson of Envireau Water contributed to the guide with an article focused on groundwater irrigation. In his article, James explores sustainable abstraction and the licensing process for abstraction. You can view the article here.
The handbook also includes sections on the UKIA and its work; working together in Water Abstractor Groups; topical articles on current irrigation issues such as licensing and managing drought; and a technical section including basic hydraulics, pipes and pumps, designing and managing irrigation systems, improving irrigation efficiency, water auditing, reservoirs, and irrigation agronomy of fruit and vegetables. It is available free to UKIA members or can be purchased at www.ukia.org.
The UKIA are launching the handbook at their annual conference on ‘Future water for food’ as part of the IRRIGEX exhibition at Peterborough Arena on the 27th and 28th February. Speakers include Paul Hammett Water adviser NFU; Sir Peter Kendall Chairman AHDB, and Paul Hickey, Dep Head of Water Resources Environment Agency plus many more. It is FREE to attend on both days, but you need to register. There is more information about the conference available here.