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IES at RuralCat portal


Last Friday, January 15th, it was published in RuralCat portal a press release due to the ending of IES project. The text reviews the main results of the project as well as the different activities carried out during the implementation of the project. The Layman’s report of the tool was also published together with the press release. The whole text can be consulted by following this link.

In addition, the document has been uploaded in the webpage of the Irrigation Office of RuralCat so everyone can download it (available through this link).

Focus Brochure on LIFE &Climate Change Adaptation


IES Project has been mentioned in one of the publications of the LIFE programme (European Union). The Focus Brochure on LIFE & Climate Change Adaptation can be consulted through this link.

Fruticultura magazine


Last June, it took place the 8th International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops. Partners from IES project has participated in the event. Jordi Marsal (IRTA) was one of the assistants and he was interviewed. He explained the main activities and objectives of IES project. This information was published in the magazine Fruticultura and it can be consulted through the attached document.

Training session about IES Simulator to ETSEA students


Last October 15th, it took place a training session about the IES simulator. This session was attended by 32 students from the Superior Technical School of Agronomy Engineering of Lleida (ETSEA). The session was structured in two parts: in a first part, the irrigation recommendations tool of RuralCat was explained to the students and then a practical session about the simulator was carried out. The assessment of the simulator by the university students was very positive.

Europea España Seminar 2015


Ramón Cuadros, director of EA of Tàrrega, presented on the 1st October in Granada, in the framework of the Europea España Seminar, the project IES and the irrigation simulator. The assistants, teachers from Spanish schools showed great interest about the simulator functionalities. It is quite probable that the interest for training about this simulator has increased in the different agricultural schools from different Spanish regions.

New collaboration agreement


A new collaboration agreement has been signed between IES and the project Farms for the Future (Futur Agrari). This project is also funded by the LIFE+ programme under the Environment Policy and Governance theme (LIFE12 ENV/ES/647). Its main objectives are the reduction and treatment of slurry, optimization of fertilization and the removal of excessive soil nutrients.

This collaboration agreement was materialized by a signature act that took place on October 1st, 2015 in Barcelona.

Fira de Sant Miquel


On 24th-25th September, two sessions entitled Space for Irrigation Technology Transfer took place during the Fira Sant Miquel 2015. The 25th session was focused on the tools available to better manage irrigation. This session was presented by the Councilor Jordi Ciuraneta, the General Director of Food, Quality and Food Industry, Mr. Joan Girona; and Mr. Jaume Fabà, Director of the Territorial Services of Lleida. In this context, Maite Sisquella from DARP, explained the use of the irrigation recommendations tool and IES.

Furthermore, in Hall 4 of the Fira, it was located the Illa del Reg, where a panel of IES project was presented for continuous dissemination of the project during 4 days, explaining its activities and objectives.


RuralCat Newsletter


The Oficina del Regant has recently published its newsletter number 7 corresponding to September 2015. In this newsletter, IES project is mentioned. The project is currently in the phase of transfer and users training.

You can consult the full document here.

IES review at "El primer sector"


In January 2015, it was aired on "El primer sector" by Catalunya Radio a review on the IES project. Last week, this program was aired again and the following topics were explained: functions and development of the IES tool, users to whom it is addressed, and the objectives to be achieved.

In addition, the program included audio fragments of the IES presentation made on December 2014 at the headquarters of DAAM (Lleida) with explanations of Domènec Vila (General Director for Food), Ferran Tersa (BDigital) and Jaume Casadesús (IRTA). 

The program fragment is available at this link.

Visit to the IES project


Last July 2nd, the IES simulator was presented to a Chinese group from the province of Fijuan (with simultaneous translation into Chinese). This delegation, headed by the General Director of Agriculture and the heads of the various divisions and research centers in agriculture, visited that day the Fruitcentre.


Although they come from a tropical zone, where it is not necessary to water and the IES is perhaps not the most appropriate tool for them, they were very interested and asked questions related to their operation and applicability.