Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., one of the world's largest Micro-Irrigation manufacturers, has signed a MoU with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) where both will work closely to determine optimal irrigation and fertigation systems for irrigated rice and wheat. The aim is to find ways to reduce water consumption in rice cultivation, while increasing crop productivity. Jain Irrigation will provide sprinkler and drip systems to experimental plots either acquired by IRRI or to participating farmers' fields selected by IRRI.
This is the 1st time IRRI is experimenting with drip irrigation for paddy cultivation in India. Jain Irrigation and IRRI hope that the project will lead to new ways to ensure water and food security. Drip irrigation is a tool that can reduce water use and at the same time increase yield and quality of the crop produce; a win-win situation. India alone has 43.8 million hectares (ha) of irrigated rice paddies.
The MoU will also ensure IRRI, a non-profit organization, can continue to widely deliver its research, including news ways to improve water-use efficiency, to its partners. The MoU will not include any agreements on exclusive access to IRRI's research or research outcomes.