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The project aims to meet the urgent agricultural need of local farmers. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The dearth of rainfall has left Tunisia struggling with a devastating water crisis since years

Intense drought experienced over the past two years has resulted in shortage of water in Tunisias third-largest city, Sousse, located 140 km south of the capital Tunis. To tackle this issue, the Sousse wastewater treatment plant project consisting of the newly-built Hamdoun and the expanded Sousse South sewage treatment stations, was undertaken by the Chinese Sino-hydro Corporation Engineering Bureau 15 Co, Ltd. a few years ago. 

Besides its ability to treat 19 million cubic metres of sewage each year, the plant can also provide 18 million cubic metres of irrigation water to surrounding regions, and aims to meet the urgent agricultural need of local farmers. 

The process involves sewage initially flowing in the Hamdoun station, into numerous treatment pools, while going through a series of steps including deposition, filtration, adsorption, and biological treatment. The clear water which flows out of the last pool then undergoes disinfection with ultraviolet light, following which the water finally meets the standards for agricultural irrigation. 

Sousse city’s residential and industrial sewage – which was earlier directly discharged, due to limited treatment capacity – will now be poured into the plant. According to the Chinese director Ji Jie, in charge of the final stages of the Sousse wastewater treatment plant project, biogas can also be collected by cogeneration systems during the sewage treatment process, thus generating 19,000 kWh of electricity per day, and greatly reducing the energy consumption of the plant. 

Atsushi Ueno believes the project will improve intake facilities, irrigation and drainage canals. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The Japanese Government will provide up to US$18.2mn for the restoration and improvement of irrigation and drainage facilities in Kandal, Kampong Speu and Takeo provinces

Fendt Rogator 665 using the Smart Spraying Solution targeted spraying in a green-on-brown trial application. (Image source: Business Wire)

On 6 April, AGCO Corporation announced that in collaboration with Bosch BASF Smart Farming, the company will integrate and commercialise smart spraying technology on Fendt Rogator sprayers, while also developing additional, new features

In May 2021, AGCO and Bosch BASF Smart Farming started the first trials of Bosch BASF Smart Farming’s innovative Smart Spraying Solution, which will deliver optimal herbicide savings without compromising weed control and enable targeted spraying during day and night-time conditions. In addition to targeted spraying, the system will deliver integrated digital tools to turn the application data into actionable insights and improve yields and efficiency for farmers.

Herbicide savings are delivered through sophisticated sensoring, automated sensitivity thresholds, access to Bosch BASF Smart Farming’s pest identification technology, and the use of Fendt Rogator’s robust application platform. AGCO plans to offer the system in the US and Europe from 2024.

Moreover, farmers will also be able to benefit from customised agronomic recommendations and reliable documentation within the same solution. The system will offer an end-to-end user experience through AGCO on-board and off-board controls and Bosch BASF Smart Farming’s integrated digital platform from xarvio Digital Farming Solutions, with insights into the data gathered during the application.

Supported crops currently include corn, soy, cotton, canola, sunflower, and sugarbeet, with capabilities for more crops such as small grains being added over time.

Furthermore, a combination of superior precision, digital tools and agronomic expertise is what makes the system unique. A 24/7 application capability creates exceptional green-on-green and green-on-brown performance. "This type of precision agronomics offering is a breakthrough to support farmers with less impact and higher yields,” said Matt Leininger, Bosch BASF Smart Farmings managing director for North America.

Agriculture leaders placed water conservation and waste reduction top of their priority list. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Agriculture firms are prioritising water conservation and waste reduction over other sustainability ambitions, as drought levels are expected to continue to threaten livelihoods globally

The partnership aims to uncover solutions to enable a safe and ample water supply. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

DuPont and have partnered to increase global access to safe water, with a focus on communities most vulnerable to the consequences of water scarcity

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