Paris, 20 September 2010

EFITA newsletter / 479 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

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5th ECPLF conference
11 - 14July 2011 – PRAGUE
This conference is co-organized with the 8th ECPA, the 8th EFITA conferences as there is an established tradition of bringing ECPA and ECPLF together.

>>> Registration
> From 15th September 2010 will be possible to submit full paper.
> From 1st October 2010 will be possible to registration for the 5th ECPLF Conference.

>>> The main topics are as follows:
- Sensor and sensing (e.g. image, sound,..) technology and data collection
- Modeling
- Management and decision support (from process to chain)
- Robotics and advanced process control
- PLF in socio, economic and ethical context
- Practical experiments in dairy, pigs, poultry, aquaculture, equine and grassland

>>> Important dates:
> Paper submission: 15th September - 31st October 2010
> Registrations: From 1st October 2010
E-mail: conference2011(a)

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ICT Update: Irrigation
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>>> Introduction
Figures from the FAO show that irrigation can increase crop yields by up to 400%. Developing a reliable system to water the land all year round gives farmers the chance to plant crops in the dry season, and grow high-value crops to increase profits and recoup investment costs. But with only a small percentage of available farmland being irrigated in ACP countries, ICTs are now becoming crucial to the promotion, development and maintenance of new irrigation systems.

>>> Perspectives
"The most important thing is to design systems - both irrigation and information systems - that are best suited to the environment and the people who will use them." Maimbo Mabanga Malesu, programme coordinator at the World Agroforestry Centre.

>>> Articles
> Managers of the Office du Niger irrigation scheme in Mali are using remote sensing data to analyse the efficiency of the system without having to physically check the infrastructure. The information will help them prepare for future expansion.

> Irrisat-SMS combines satellite data, information from local weather stations and feedback from farmers to deliver daily, detailed irrigation scheduling advice via SMS.

> Tanzania´s Ministry of Water and Irrigation has developed an ICT strategy, which includes using GIS, radio and cell phones, to deliver irrigation and water services.

> A project in Swaziland uses remote sensing and GIS to identify irrigable farmland. The data are analysed to improve the efficiency of project management processes.

> There are a wide range of resources available on the web to help agricultural extension services, NGOs and cooperatives develop and maintain irrigation schemes for small-scale farmers.

>>> Q&A
"Irrigation can greatly improve yields and guarantee crops. Farmers don´t need to worry if there will be enough rainfall; they know their crops will get enough water. It provides a kind of reassurance." Stanley Rampair, chief executive officer of Jamaica´s National Irrigation Commission Limited.

>>> Web resources
> provides access to a vast range of irrigation-related resources and services, including the email discussion list IRRIGATION-L, the Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, the WWW Virtual Library on Irrigation, and IRRISOFT, a Database on Irrigation & Hydrology Software.


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An English Lesson

For his 74th birthday, a man got a gift certificate.
The certificate paid for a visit to a medicine man living on a nearby reservation who was rumored to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction.
After being persuaded, he drove to the reservation, handed his ticket to the medicine man and wondered what was in store.

The old man slowly, methodically produced a potion, handed it to him, and with a grip on his shoulder, warned, "This is powerful medicine and it must be respected.

You take only a teaspoonful and then say ‘1-2-3’. ‘When you do that, you will become more manly than you have ever been in your life and you can perform as long as you want."
The man was encouraged. As he walks away, he turned and asked, "How do I stop the medicine from working?" "Your partner must say '1-2-3-4,' he responded. "But when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon."
He was very eager to see if it worked so he went home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, and then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom.
When she came in, He took off his clothes and said, ‘1-2-3!’
Immediately, he was the manliest of men.
His wife was excited and began throwing off her clothes.
And then she asked, ‘What was the 1-2-3 for?’
And that, boys and girls, is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition because we could end up with a dangling participle.

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