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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 00:00

Coca Cola finances a ceiA3 study to improve the effectiveness of the use of water in strawberry cultivation

Image of the experimental farm in Huelva Image of the experimental farm in Huelva

The University of Cordoba team tests new ways of reducing the hydric print of the strawberry

The Coca Cola Foundation has invested nearly 200,000 dollars in an innovative project of the of the ceiA3 Hydraulic Engineering research team of the University of Córdoba, through which an improvement in the sustainability of the cultivation of strawberries and the use of water is expected.

The team, made up by researchers Manuel Martín, Pilar Montesinos, Jorge García, Emilio Camacho, Juan Antonio Rodríguez, and Julio Berbel, strives to improve the effectiveness of the use of water in strawberry cultivation by testing precision watering techniques, as well as through workshops to train farmers in better watering practices. In this way, they intend to achieve sustainable watering in strawberry cultivation.

In order to achieve its goal, the ceiA3 team uses land in Huelva to test new watering transmitters, allowing them to choose those which in practice achieve a greater uniformity in applying water and improve the effectiveness of the application.
The direct repercussion of greater control over water will be a reduction in the hydric print of the product (cubic meter of water used per ton of strawberries), by using only the amount of water strictly necessary, and as a result, producing a reduction in contamination of the aquifer in Doñana. In this way, the environmental impact on a highly environmentally sensitive area such as Doñana National Park will be reduced and mitigated.

The project, due to end in September 2015, is funded by the Coca Cola Foundation through its international program to support society in various priority areas. The first of these areas is the Water Stewardship, water being the main ingredient in Coca Cola. This programme supports activities that foster the improvement of access to drinking water and sanitation, the protection of watersheds in areas with little water, the use of water for the production and/or multiuse systems that will do more than to provide drinking water, and also educational activities and awareness programmes that promote conservation of water in communities and in industry.

Water conservation is a priority objective of the Coca Cola Company, which intends to return to the environment all over the planet, by 2020, an equal amount of water as is used in the production of its drinks, thanks to the implantation of effective water usage systems.

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