Despite a very rainy May, water tables have not filled up, and farmers fear for their crops this summer....
The European Irrigation Association (EIA) organized last week a Virtual Irrigation Forum on April 23, followed by its General Assembly. The Forum this time was dedicated to the themes of sustainable development and technological innovation.
Moshi Berenstein, EIA President is adding : “We were very happy to exchange with more than 110 participants from all over Europe and from other continents as well. This responsiveness and the diversification of the attendants motivate us and demonstrate the importance of the role that Irrigation can play in solving one of the most urgent issues in Europe today.
During 2 hours sessions, we attended very interesting presentations whose main themes were sustainable development and innovation.
The Forum began with the president Moshi Berenstein who presented the activities of the association, the different working groups in which our members can participate, and then the Communication officer Fleur Martin presented the 21 new members who have recently joined the EIA.
This introduction was followed by 3 presentations of key-note speakers who developed the importance of the sustainability and technology themes to the European industry:
- Mr. Bernard Lemoine, President of APE (Agriculture Plastique Environment), presented the "Agri-plastic strategy in the European irrigation sector".
- Ms. Monica Palumbo, partner of Deloitte, presented "Fertile land for a sustainable approach".
- Innovation and technology session: Mr. Eric Valette, Managing Director of Aqua4d, presented the Aqua4D technology for water treatment: "water-smart efficiency - through resonance field technology".
The presentations were followed by an interactive questions and answers sessions and the association's General Assembly.
The success of the EIA Irrigation Forum demonstrates the increasing interest of industry professionals to be involved, to learn and to have more information on European trends in our industry, sustainability, new technologies and water policy frameworks.
As concerns about tomorrow's complex environmental challenges grow, opportunities for experts exchange become increasingly important.
For those who are not yet members, we invite you to join EIA, to promote the continued development of irrigation products, practices and services, and to advocate for sustainable industry standards and water management policies that lead to a stable legal environment for irrigation professionals.
To become a member of EIA, please register online: