oa Agriprobe - Developing an operational remote sensing system for monitoring of efficient crop water use of grapes in the Western Cape Province

Volume 8, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



Availability of water resources and good water management practices are well acknowledged global challenges for the years to come. These issues are particularly acute in dry countries. In South Africa, water is a critical resource and there is strong competition between the urban, industrial and agriculture sectors. In the Western Cape, it is estimated that irrigated agriculture is responsible for 43 % of the water usage from surface water resources. There is thus a need to ensure the efficient use of irrigation water. Because of increased demand and competition for limited water resources, the challenge is to increase agricultural production while reducing water consumption.

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