Water day 2023 is an essential occasion to remind the world that we exist because of water and the need to treat water with great concern. 70 percent of the earth’s surface is submerged in water. All life forms depend on water to thrive. In fact, all the sustainable development goals relate to availability of water. Hunger, poverty, good health, equality, environmental safety, etc. involve essential use of water. A very good reason why the UN is sounding the obvious alarm for stakeholders, especially Government bodies to walk the talk in the manner in which water is used, managed and consumed. In this article, you will learn how climate change is a threat to farming and how our solution, IG Aatreyas, is a timely intervention to address this issue.
Climate change and water crisis
Water Day 2023 is an essential occasion to remind the world that we exist because of water and the need to treat water with great concern. 70 percent of the earth’s surface is submerged in water. All life forms depend on water to thrive. In fact, all the sustainable development goals relate to availability of water. Hunger, poverty, good health, equality, environmental safety, etc. involve essential use of water. A very good reason why the UN is sounding the obvious alarm for stakeholders, especially Government bodies to walk the talk in the manner in which water is used, managed, and consumed. In this article, you will learn how climate change is a threat to farming, and how IG Aatreyas, our company, offers a timely intervention to address this issue.
The United Nations is on a mandate to sensitize the public on water management to produce safe drinking water for humans, animals, and plants. In Africa, many depend on rivers and rain as their water source. For developing and underdeveloped regions, the water crisis has caused the death of humans, animals, and vegetation. According to UN latest data, governments are supposed to work four times faster to achieve water and sanitation by the year 2030. It is therefore a clarion call for a water action now to save the world.
The scarcity of water is becoming a pressing issue, and IG Aatreyas recognizes the urgency of the situation. Climate change, pollution, and overuse are all contributing to the depletion of freshwater resources. According to the United Nations, over 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress, and this number is expected to increase in the coming years. Reports have shown that drought has exacerbated in recent years due to high heat waves which causes intense dryness. There is little or no rain all year round in certain places noted to be drought prone. Afghanistan, Haiti, Kenya, Bangladesh, Malawi, Niger, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, and Chad are few countries often hit by water scarcity.
Water shortage is a recipe for poor economic growth, food price hikes, conflict, and migrations. Since water is at the center of all life forms, we can sustain healthy ecosystems by making freshwater accessible to animals, humans, and plants. IG Aatreyas recognizes that climate change has changed the way water is managed because rainfall can be very unpredictable. The effect can result in flooding or extreme dryness for longer periods. This condition creates serious problems for small- and large-scale crop growers, ranchers, and commercial farmers. Our company offers a timely intervention to address this issue. Water as essential component of farming
Plants use water to prepare food just like humans do. Large amounts of water are needed to produce fruit, vegetable, food grains etc. for consumption. It is reported that about 70 percent of water used by humans is diverted for irrigation purposes. Which means that for every freshwater meant for man’s consumption, plants require the same clean water for healthy living. In view of this, growers invest a lot into infrastructures, thus irrigation facilities to provide adequate clean water for plants’ use.
In the recent past, there have been great concerns about how water is managed for cop production. A larger percentage of water supplied to plants is wasted or lost in the process. Moreover, climate change has made water availability for crop use very unpredictable, as farmers largely rely on rainfed farming practices. Due to changes in the climate, rainfall could be in excess and can distort the farming process and destroy crop fields entirely. Floodwaters have inundated many crop fields. Notable among them is the loss of 1 million acres of crops to floods in the US. Extreme floods have dire consequences as lives can be lost, hunger, high food prices and migration. Similarly, water shortage can cause extreme hunger, loss of vegetation, conflicts, loss of animal and human lives, migrations etc.
The protected cultivation solution
The concept of protecting crops against unforeseen extreme weather incidence is a sustainable way to go. In recent technologies, protected structures that have anti rain properties are helping to screen crops from being affected by rainstorms or flooding. Aside from protecting crops from rain, the materials used to cover crops also shield crops against harmful UV radiations. The covering material on the canopies and sides can create an ideal microclimate for the crop by warming or cooling the plants when needed. Protection systems come in several types depending on the materials used in the manufacturing process. Also depending on the type of crop and location, protection facilities can be designed to function in a way to solve the necessary challenges. For instance, cherry fruits face serious cracks on the surface due to excess rain. Anti rain protection system is the best solution against cherry fruit cracking.
IG Aatreyas Anti Rain Protection Systems
IG IG Aatreyas has special rain protection product designs for all types of crops for different locations. Delicate and sensitive crops deserve proper care and attention under the right protection. We take time to select the best material for the facility, which is what accounts for the durability of our structures. Our products therefore last longer than others because it can withstand corrosion, wear and tear and breakages. Growers of high value crops such as grapes, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, cherry, blueberry, are careful with their choice of housing facilities and such is exactly what we deliver. The structure should possess the following qualities:
- Prevent excess water flooding the field
- Covering material should not be leaking
- Material should resist corrosion, tear and wear
- Withstand strong wind
- Material should be reusable
- Easily installed and disassembled
- Chemicals components should not react with water to produce poisonous substance
- Structure should allow for pollination
Based on the needs and requirements of our growers we design structures tailored to solve their biggest challenge. Tropical regions where there is a high amount of rainfall it is almost impossible to successfully grow tomatoes without fungal attack. We have developed strategic rain proof structures to help reduce the menace. The following are some structures that serve the purpose:
- ‘A’ Roof Shade Net House
- Poly Shade Net house
- Naturally ventilated polyhouse
- Forced Ventilated polyhouse
- Polytunnel house (Single and Multi-span)
- ‘A’ roof shade net house for Grapes and Cherry
The type of covering material used suggests the name of the design. The covering system is made of woven HDPE and laminated to make it water impermeable. The material has high mechanical strength and high resistance to tear.
It is UV stabilized and can diffuse light rays thereby permitting light excursions which consequently manages balanced temperatures. Reinforcement in the central and lateral fold doubling the strength of the film. The material is strictly waterproof and immune to the action of bacteria and fungi.
Climate change has changed the way we farm. Sustainable solutions where the risk of farming is reduced and crops grow in a safe environment, must be encouraged. On this water day celebration, we at IG Aatreyas present our rain proof protection systems for vegetable and fruit production. An innovation for the future of food security. We will be glad to hear from you for any enquiries. Our experts are always ready to assist you to set up your own rain protection system.