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Podcast: Aqua-4D on Chile’s Radio Agricultura

Interviewer, Veronica Diaz: Today we are going to talk about a program that seeks to transfer a real solution to the country’s water problems in most agricultural areas. This is the 2030 “Water Awareness” program for agriculture, which among other things, is developing a responsible production program for avocados, with 20 to 25% less water consumption thanks to Aqua-4D technology.

Precision irrigation solutions from the heart of Switzerland

With academic origins at an alpine university and now headquartered in the wine and ski region of Valais, Aqua-4D is Swiss through and through. But it goes much deeper than just the red and white flag. This part of the world is renowned for clockwork precision, so it’s no surprise that this same attention to detail and quality is a natural part of everything the company does.

Salinity solution saves mango crops in Brazil

The São Francisco Valley is one of Brazil’s “fruit baskets”, producing most of the country’s grape and mango exports. It historically attracted settlers from all over the world to grow on its land, and for good reason: 300 days of sun a year here allow several harvests per year, making this semi-arid area something of an oasis. However, as is common in many areas in Brazil (and, indeed, across the world), the land is blighted by soil salinization, affecting everyone from small farmers to huge industry players.

Sustainable, chemical-free nematode control in Senegal

After persistent loss of yield due to nematodes, and a desire to move towards a more sustainable agriculture, these growers in Senegal looked to the Aqua-4D system after having seen its successes in other countries. In particular, they wanted to analyze the efficacy of Aqua-4D in reducing the population of Meloidogyne nematodes, whose attacks their green beans are particularly sensitive to.

Industry stakeholders discuss water efficiency at Swiss Embassy in Chile

Water scarcity is now an increasing environmental concern around the world. Nowhere is this more pressing than in Chile, a country on the frontline of this growing crisis.As a company promoting greater water efficiency, Aqua-4D was delighted to take part in positive discussions on this topic at the Swiss Embassy in Santiago.

Felipe Villarino discusses greater water efficiency on Chile’s Radio Zero

Felipe Villarino from Aqua-4D Chile recently took part in a stimulating discussion with Radio Zero’s WorkCafe program. The full interview is available to listen to here (in Spanish), and also in text format below.

Aqua-4D celebrates 15 year anniversary in style

To mark 15 years since the company’s establishment, Aqua-4D hosted a celebration at its new headquarters in Valais, Switzerland. Around 100 guests gathered on the roof, with the Swiss mountains providing a breathtaking backdrop. It was a chance to present the company’s progress as well as to say thanks to some of the organizations, institutions and individuals who have played a key role in the cleantech company’s development.

Stunning water savings in south of Spain – results

A big part of Aqua-4D’s work is its team of experts who constantly visit client sites and consult on optimizing irrigation to get the most out of the company’s patented technology. Back in October 2018, Aqua-4D Field Engineer, Hugo Gaignebet, wrote a progress report for this blog. He was always expecting good results, but what happened next here surpassed all expectations.

Chilean Avocado producers are innovating for water efficiency

Now over ten times more popular than in the 1980s, in some ways the avocado has been a victim of its own success. Its notoriety (particularly amongst millennials) has brought its supposed water footprint in Chile under the spotlight, but often in reports which turn a blind eye to other water-thirsty crops.

Alberto Femenia on water savings and nematode control in Argentina

Alberto Femenia sits before us wearing an immaculate suit and a wise smile. He’s a true veteran in the agri-business, having headed up Casa Femenia for almost half a century. It’s a family business in every sense of the world – it dates way back to 1904, and his sons now also help run day-to-day operations.

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