2013 Annual Report
2. Establish an IMIS research and extension sites to represent important agricultural production systems in Palestine. Evapotranspiration (ET) models for several conventional and specialized crops will be evaluated for the designated sites and prioritized according to applicability criteria. Soil and plant water-status measurement instrumentation will be evaluated, adapted and integrated into the system according to the same applicability criteria.
3. Conduct collaborative regional research on measurement of crop water use and calculation of crop coefficients for key crops, such as cucumbers, peppers, and specialty crops.
4. Establish interaction with local universities, farmers, farm advisors, and extension personnel in order to implement the IMIS system to ensure wide acceptance and sustainability.
1)a full day of classroom training; and.
2)field training. Actual metrological data for Israel, Jordan and Palestine can be retrieved from the IMIS website: www.merimis.org. The IMIS project is making a gradual impact and a measurable increase in water use efficiency (WUE) - a combination of increased crop yields with decreased water use per land unit. The process of change and review of current scheduling methods and irrigation systems by itself, in addition to implementation of rational irrigation scheduling using IMIS recommendations, continues to making considerable improvements in WUE. Together the expected increase in water use efficiency can be estimated to be 5% to 25%. This increase in WUE will enable decrease of water allocation to agriculture, without decreasing total production