NETAFIM’s role as a global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation solutions and water saving technologies for agriculture and the landscape sector was recognised recently when it won the internationally respected Stockholm Industry Water Award for 2013. The company received the award last month at a World Water Week ceremony in Stockholm.
The award honours the business sector’s contribution to sustainable water management. It recognises improved performance in production processes, new products and management, as well as innovative approaches in water and wastewater technologies, which together help to improve the world’s water situation.
The Award was established in 2000 by the Stockholm International Water Institute in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
More than 10 million hectares of farmland worldwide are irrigated with drip irrigation, a technology pioneered by Netafim that dramatically improves water, energy and labour productivity.
“Globally, 70% of our finite freshwater is used for irrigation and with rapidly expanding demand for agricultural products, there is a dire need to improve water productivity. Netafim’s remarkable achievements, helping farmers across the world to ‘grow more with less’, are directly contributing to a more water and food secure world,” said the Stockholm Industry Water Award Committee.
Netafim President and Chief Executive Officer Igal Aisenberg said the company was honoured to receive the Stockholm Industry Water Award.
“As the global pioneer and leader in drip irrigation, we have always focused on saving water,’’ he said.
“With water and land scarcity topping the list of today’s major global challenges, we’re leveraging our expertise and experience in drip technology to help combat food price inflation, ensure food security and achieve water sustainability.
“This prestigious award is testimony to our efforts and inspires our work to continue to help reduce water usage and make the world a better, more sustainable place.’’
28 October 2013