would like to congratulate Cathal Ellis and Martin Wooster of CAFRE for winning
the ‘Exemplar project in Northern Ireland’ which recognises water efficiency
CAFRE currently use the Delta-T GP1 Data Logger and Soil Moisture sensors to
automatically control irrigation in their Nursery stock tunnels. On-going work
demonstrating best practice within the nursery stock and cut flower sectors use
the Delta-T equipment to monitor irrigation performance. Staff also use SM150
Soil Moisture kits to carry out spot-checks on irrigation accuracy.
Read press release below to find out more about this prestigious award:
The Environment Agency and Waterwise UK Water
Efficiency Awards are a celebration of the achievements of public, private and
third sector organisations that ‘Shout’ about water efficiency, ‘Solve’ water
demand challenges and simply ‘Save’ water.
At an award ceremony in Woking, Surrey, the College
of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) was presented with the award
for the ‘Exemplar project in Northern Ireland’. Cathal Ellis and Martin
Wooster, who are based at Greenmount Campus in Antrim, received the award. The
award recognises water efficiency achievements and seeks to highlight the
multiple social, environmental and economic benefits of water efficiency.
The CAFRE project has been implemented through the
day-to-day management of existing resources, the investigation and
implementation of alternative technologies and strategies to achieve more
efficient utilisation of water across CAFRE’s three campus sites and also by
farmers and growers. Technologies investigated and implemented include water meters,
rainwater harvesting, electronic moisture sensors for irrigation control and
the latest water-saving irrigation sprinklers and drip lines.
Benefits include reduced water use, reduced
fertiliser use, wastage and run-off, reduced costs and improved crop
quality/livestock performance. Learning and experience from the project is
disseminated through workshops for students and through conferences, awareness
events and bulletins for those working in the farming and horticulture
industries. Achieving savings by more efficient use of resources helps deliver
environmentally sustainable farming systems.
Karen Burrows of The Environment Agency presents the ‘Exemplar Water Efficiency Projecfor N Ireland’ award to Cathal Ellis and Martin Wooster, CAFRE, at an awards ceremony in Woking, Surrey.