Armenia Moves From Traditional to Drip Irrigation

Armenia’s government announced a plan to incrementally switch from the traditional to the drop irrigation system. The latter is a type of micro-irrigation system that has the potential to save water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either from above the soil surface or buried below the surface. The goal is to place water directly into the root zone and minimize evaporation. Armenia has an abundant source of water. However, shortages of irrigated water occur in some areas of the country. Thus, a drip irrigation system is a good way to alleviate the problem. Grigor Avagyan owns fruit tree gardens, and it’s been ten years since he made the transition. Although he encountered some issues in the beginning, he will never go back to the traditional way of growing plants.