KSG Agro starts a pilot drip irrigation project on the territory of 300 hectares

Agroholding KSG Agro starts a pilot drip irrigation project on an area of more than 300 hectares. This news came from the press service of the agricultural holding.
KSG Agro Agroholding has launched a pilot project for the introduction of drip irrigation on an area of more than 300 hectares. At the first stage, we are talking about the irrigation of corn crops, but in the future the irrigation system will be extended to other crops grown by the holding’s farms.
The pilot project has already been developed by Technoservice (Nikolaev) and is currently undergoing the necessary approvals. It will be implemented on an area of 300 hectares in the village of Niva Trudova (Apostolovskiy district, Dnipropetrovsk region), where the infrastructure makes it possible to effectively use water resources for irrigating the fields of the agricultural holding’s farms. For the technical support of the project, irrigation systems of mainly American production will be purchased, as well as JCB (Turkey) pumping systems of the Italian company IVECO.
Support for agricultural producers is becoming one of the priorities of the Ukrainian state policy. In the State Budget for 2022, 2.7 billion UAH are allocated for reclamation complexes and maintenance of water management systems. KSG Agro, within the framework of the implementation of its pilot project, plans to receive funding under this state program to support land reclamation.
“Drip irrigation is an opportunity to almost double the average yield even under difficult weather conditions. This was understood back in Soviet times, when the lands on which the agricultural holding’s farms now operate were irrigated on an area of 5 thousand hectares, – says Chairman of the Board of Directors Sergiy Kasianov. – Today, it is very difficult and costly for agricultural producers to independently implement irrigation systems without budget and credit support. That is why one can only welcome the allocation of budgetary funds by the state to support irrigation. In addition, it is expected to attract loans from the United States. We hope that, with the broad support of the state program to support farmers and American creditors (we are purchasing equipment manufactured in the United States), it will be possible to implement not only our pilot irrigation project already in 2022, but in the future, restore irrigation systems on an area of 5 thousand hectares, where they used to exist and where now there is such an infrastructural opportunity.”
According to Dmitry Yemelchenko, Production Director of KSG Agro, the introduction of drip irrigation systems makes it possible to approximately double the average corn yield – from 3 t / ha to 6 t / ha.
As previously reported, the Verkhovna Rada is considering the bill No. 5202 “On the organization of water users and stimulation of hydraulic land reclamation.” The essence of the document is the creation of non-profit organizations of water users (associations of farmers), which will receive objects of reclamation systems. At their own expense, they will repair, modernize and build new irrigation systems. In addition, they are deprived of the right to determine the schedule and volumes of water supply for irrigation, as well as tariffs for irrigation services.
Currently, Ukraine is negotiating to attract US loans totaling $ 4 billion to restore the engineering infrastructure of irrigation systems and the development of irrigation agriculture. The implementation of the project is scheduled for 2022-2030. In addition, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy is negotiating public-private cooperation in the reconstruction of irrigation systems in the southern regions of Ukraine with companies from Israel, the USA, France and China. Earlier, by order of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 1567-r dated October 21, 2020, an action plan was approved for the implementation of the Strategy for Irrigation and Drainage in Ukraine until 2030. In particular, it provides for: modernization and construction of on-farm irrigation systems, restoration and modernization of drainage systems, increasing water supply for the development of irrigation.