Ghana: CSIR-SARI introduces ultimate wetting and drying irrigation for improved rice yield
Published Jun 28, 2022
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (CSIR-SARI) has introduced a new irrigation farming method to maximise water use and improve rice yield. Referred to as the ultimate wetting and drying method, the technique was introduced to rice farmers at the Tono irrigation scheme in the Upper East Region as part of the Wagrinnova project.
It involves the use of soil water monitoring tools for irrigation scheduling decisions such as the chameleon sensor and wetting front detector, introduced by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and monitored by the Virtual Irrigation Academy (VIA). Mr Ramson Adombilla, an Irrigation Engineer at CSIR-SARI, who spoke about the irrigation method, said the Wagrinnova project looked at sustainable rice intensification, having several principles to contribute to water productivity and crop yield. He was speaking at the end of the Wagrinnova project meeting in Tamale organised by the CSIR-SARI and the University for Development Studies (UDS). The meeting was attended by various project implementing partners to showcase work done over the years and to learn from one another. The Wagrinnova project is a consortium, consisting of different agencies, including UDS and CSIR-SARI in Ghana and other countries like Senegal and Burkina Faso to demonstrate to ...