Israel’s Netafim, an irrigation company that became a subsidiary of Mexican chemicals company Mexichem in 2017, announced that it will be undertaking four major water projects in India, spanning 100 villages impacting nearly 60,000 rural farmers.
Netafim said it will be deploying its precision irrigation technologies in India’s Singataluru, where it will work on two projects across 41 villages; the Ananthapuramu District, spanning 22 villages, and the Tarikere region, covering 45 villages.
The company said these projects will deliver water to some 135,000 acres.
The initiatives follow a 2017 project to deliver precision irrigation to 7,000 farmers in 28 villages in Karnataka, India.
“India is a key market for Netafim in fulfillment of its commitment to help the world to grow more with less, said Netafim president and CEO Ran Maidan in a statement. “The community irrigation model is enabling us, together with local governments to impact the livelihood of thousands of farmers with our most advanced precision irrigation and digital farming solutions.”
“The community irrigation model originated by Netafim is especially affordable, and makes it possible to supply farmers with advanced irrigation systems within a short time. These projects will be integrated with digital agricultural systems we developed together with mPrest. The combined systems enable the government and farmers to control and supervise water and irrigation systems in real time, using cloud technologies and access from any mobile device,” he told Globes.