DeepDrop device also improves production of trees by reducing water stress

Axarquía develops underground irrigation system that saves up to 70% of water

One of Antonio Rico’s most successful inventions, which he patented in 2017, is an underground drip irrigation system that saves up to 70 per cent of water on agricultural fields and plantations. At a critical time for the subtropical sector in the Axarquía, with La Viñuela reservoir at just 14 per cent of its capacity, Creacciona, the company run by Rico’s son Ernesto, is receiving new orders for the product, christened DeepDrop, every day.

The results obtained so far are said to be ‘very pleasing’, in terms of managing to reduce the water use in avocado plantations from a range of 800 to 1,200 litres of water per kilo of fruit to between 250 and 350 litres.

"We are very pleased with the results obtained as we have achieved greater efficiency in water consumption in all the plantations that are using this device," says Rico, who explains that DeepDrop is a patented irrigation system that takes water directly to the root of the plant "in a fully automated way, transforming any surface irrigation into an underground irrigation system".


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