D1 – Optimizing cotton productivity

Partner: ZEF in cooperation with UAF

Objective
Major objectives consist in conceiving, practically testing, and demonstrating strategies and techniques to improve the productivity of cotton irrigation. Measures to raise productivity are mainly demand-oriented irrigation scheduling, advanced performance of water application in the field, knowledge on irrigation losses at field and canal level, appropriate embedding irrigation into the agricultural system and utilizing decentral storage options (see also: M2).

Current Results
Tests on conventional furrow irrigation, advanced handling and drip techniques were carried out at the Experimental Station/Water Management Research Center of UAF and are being analyzed (and will be modified, intensified and extended in 2018).

Expected Outcome
The strategies for improving irrigation scheduling, advancing current handling of furrow irrigation and integrating options of modern techniques (drip irrigation) are jointly tested (UAF scientists, practitioners from Punjab Irrigation, farmers cooperating with UAF) and further adapted to requirements under real conditions of irrigated agriculture in Punjab. This approach contributes to create an enabling environment for outscaling of findings at the level of farms and areas fed by a Distributary canal.