Irrigation association targets drought

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Conference will explore robust solutions of the future.

ELIMINATING drought and learning to live with it will be the topic of the UK Irrigation Association's spring conference.

Last summer was the worst UK agricultural drought since 1976, and Europe’s worst in 500 years. Droughts are becoming more frequent and lasting longer as climate change increases temperatures and water becomes more unpredictable.

Executive Secretary of UKIA, Melvyn Kay, said: "Drought’s biggest enemy is 'complacency'. It sets in when the rain returns and is a worldwide problem. Short-term emergency measures have helped some farmers but they are not sustainable. We need more robust solutions that enable farmers to adapt to changing weather patterns and minimise impacts on food security, farm incomes, and the environment." 

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The event will take place on Wednesday, March 1st at Orton Hall Hotel, Peterborough. Those who book before the end of January can benefit from an early bird 10% discount, and 10 free scholarship places are available for those aged under 35. Regular tickets cost between £60 and £216.

The Jack Wright Memorial Trust is offering the 10 free places to young professionals (U35s) making their career in agricultural water management who would like to attend this conference. 

For full details, see our events page.

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