Everyone needs it, yet the world has limited freshwater. It must be protected and treated as a valuable asset. Sustainable water usage is one of the primary consideration on every venture that FDC-TX becomes involved in.
IRRIGATION AGRICULTURE: Consumes 70% of the sweet water used the world over. Over 50% of the world’s food production requires irrigation, with the demands for irrigation increasing daily as pressure is applied for increased food and fiber production.
RAIN-FED AGRICULTURE: Is another source of improving the food security for many nations.
- Most food for poor communities in developing countries is produced by Rain-fed agriculture
- Rain-fed agriculture will continue to produce the bulk of the world’s food (60% of the world grains)
- Small investments for supplemental irrigation and modern techniques, management and technology can double water production and yields in small scale Rain-fed agriculture
- The potential for improving water productivity is high in smallholders Rain-fed agriculture with expected 20% water savings possible over the next decade
- FDC-Texas offers methods of improving production in the Rain-fed agriculture community
DRAINAGE: Improper irrigation and lack of drainage can result in soil destroying salts. Over 25% of the world’s irrigated lands are facing reductions in yields and soil quality due to increased salinity and poor drainage.
By utilizing state-of-the-art “Irrigation and Drainage Technologies”:
- Improve the Economical Productivity of Water — more crop per drop
- Reduce Water Loses to Evaporation & Seepage — modernization of dated systems
- Utilize Alternate Crops and Cultivation Methods — extends limited water sources
- Engineer Irrigation Practices & Drainage Systems — enables farmers to gain higher production with the same water usage
- Capture & Reuse Fresh Water — save water before it flows into “salt sinks” such as salty water bodies or evaporating salt beds
- Apply Cost & Return Rules — economics of crops being produced, verses water consumed
- Water Conservation Education & Training — water saving techniques for small local farmers and large production complexes, including distribution and conveyance systems