Water management

Ensuring sustainability through expert water management in agriculture

Water management

Water management

Without water, farmers would be unable to grow crops or maintain livestock. A staggering 70% of all available freshwater is used for agriculture. Despite this, access to this critical resource can vary greatly depending on location and environmental conditions. While many farms rely on natural processes such as groundwater and rainfall, others depend on complex irrigation systems to satisfy water demands. Water scarcity is a major constraint, particularly in arid regions, and with climate change threatening to exacerbate the issue, the need for more efficient water management practices and technologies is urgent.

To address this challenge, farmers need to adopt technologies and strategies to optimise water usage, minimise wastewater, and improve irrigation. These measures are crucial for maintaining safe and secure food systems and ensuring agricultural sustainability in the face of growing environmental challenges and a changing global climate.

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Benefits of water management in agriculture


Implementing water management techniques, such as drip irrigation and moisture sensors, enables farmers to use water resources more efficiently. This leads to lower water usage per unit of production, reducing operational costs and enhancing overall farm efficiency.
Consistent and adequate irrigation improves plant growth, minimises yield losses, and produces healthier crops that are more resistant to diseases and pests, resulting in higher-quality produce and increased farm profitability.

Waste reduction:

By repurposing treated wastewater for irrigation or other on-farm applications, farmers can reduce their dependence on freshwater sources. This not only conserves water but also opens opportunities for additional revenue streams, such as selling treated wastewater to neighbouring farms or industries.
Producers that prioritise water efficiency and sustainability are viewed more favourably by investors and consumers. Demonstrating responsible water use and conservation aligns with ESG principles, strengthens market positioning and makes the business more appealing to investors and partners.

Optimising water usage for long-term sustainability

At Farrelly Mitchell, we support the implementation of efficient and sustainable water conservation strategies to mitigate waste and manage water scarcity

Our expertise

At Farrelly Mitchell, our water management consultants recognise the importance of water as a resource and the impact that scarcity has on agricultural productivity. We offer in-depth expertise and experience in the areas of water management, water conservation, and irrigation. For many farmers, identifying and implementing suitable water management strategies can be challenging. Understanding the local environment, crop requirements, and available technologies is crucial. We specialise in bridging this knowledge gap.

Our experts are well-versed on key management strategies such as crop rotation, conservation tillage, cover cropping, drip irrigation, water storage, and water treatment. We work closely with farmers and agribusinesses to develop and implement efficient water management systems that optimise water use, enhance crop yields, and reduce environmental impact. We also work with governments and NGO’s to provide training and educational programs that support sustainable water management practices in agricultural communities.


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Frequently asked questions

Explore our FAQ for answers to common agribusiness queries. Can’t find your question? Contact our expert team for tailored assistance.

Why is water management in agriculture important?

Effective water management in agriculture is crucial for maximising crop yields, ensuring food security, and maintaining ecosystem health. It helps optimise water usage and reduce waste and pollution.

What is the link between agriculture and water scarcity?

Agriculture is a major consumer of freshwater resources, often accounting for the largest share of water usage in many regions. Intensive farming practices can lead to water scarcity, especially in arid areas, by depleting rivers, lakes, and aquifers.

How does water scarcity affect agriculture?

Water scarcity restricts the availability of water for irrigation, leading to reduced crop yields, limited agricultural productivity, and increased vulnerability to droughts. This scarcity can also escalate costs for farmers, impacting the economic viability of agricultural operations.

How much water does agriculture use?

Agriculture is estimated to use about 70% of the world’s freshwater resources. This percentage can be higher in certain regions, particularly in those where irrigation is a key component of agricultural practices. The exact amount varies based on the type of crops, climatic conditions, and irrigation methods used.

What can agribusinesses do to conserve water?

Agribusinesses can conserve water by adopting efficient irrigation methods (e.g., drip or sprinkler systems), using water-saving crop varieties, implementing water recycling, and employing precision water management technologies. These practices support long-term sustainable water resource management.

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