Modernisation of irrigation systems in the Lower Savinja Valley

RDP funds were used to improve the management of water resources in an area of intensive agriculture.

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Project summary: 

The Lower Savinja Valley in northeast Slovenia, is well known for its intensive hops production. An extensive network of irrigation systems supports production during dry seasons. However, over the years the irrigation infrastructure had become outdated and with droughts becoming increasingly frequent. 

The system was no longer able to meet demand. The two associations who manage the irrigation systems on behalf of the Lower Savinja Valley farmers joined forces to implement a modernisation project.

Project results: 

298 farmers now benefit from improved access to water which will allow them to protect their crops in times of drought. The modernised irrigation infrastructure has reduced energy consumption by up to 40 %. Leakages in the system have been very significantly reduced and water is managed much more efficiently.