Right now, there are three challenges (among others) gripping agricultural enterprises, such as acute labor shortages, low water availability, and the significant increase in the cost of electricity, which is needed, among other things, to power irrigation pumps.
Luckily, technology and automation can support the farms, such as the complete and modular Irrifarm system, which can guarantee both economic and environmental sustainability, as well as a better control over crop operations.
Irrifarm Smart Box
"This equipment was designed for the management and monitoring of irrigation, fertirrigation and in-field sensors, while allowing the company to limit the number of staff working on the farm, optimize water consumption (and more) and save on electricity. Companies are continually looking for workers for major routine activities as they are usually entrusted to human intervention. These are not only seasonal workers engaged in fruit harvesting, but also workers to be permanently on staff, but they are hard to find,” said Bernardo Grieco of Italy’s Pan Agri, a company with 30 years of experience in irrigation automation and the creator of Irrifarm,
"With Irrifarm, no manual cleaning of filters, no rough dosing of nutrients, and no need to physically be out in the field to open irrigation system valves. Everything is done and operated remotely, via a smartphone."
"The kw/h has reached prohibitive prices, yet energy remains essential for irrigation, especially for those farms where water does not arrive by fall and are therefore forced to pull it from wells or reservoirs with electrically powered pumps. A huge expense, especially if there is a lack of irrigation monitoring and scheduling, with timing and volumes of water delivered."
"Irrifarm solutions are designed and manufactured entirely in Pan Agri's laboratories in Scanzano Jonico (Matera), so customers are assured quick installation operations, near real-time service and support, and constant software/hardware updates. Prices are low and competitive. These are modular systems that start from a few hundred euros. Our mission is to make work easier and less exhausting for farmers."
The Irrifarm system is distributed exclusively in Italy by Netafim under the Netafarm brand name.