Description of practice

Applications of saline irrigation water are minimized to reduce accumulation of salts in the soil. This can be done by using water from precipitation more effectively to reduce the amount of irrigation required or by replacing saline irrigation water with better quality water from other sources.

Examples of how to minimize saline water irrigation Further information
(see Note below)

AMP56 01

Pipe irrigation

Pipes are used to draw less saline water from nearby rivers in order to minimize the salinization of agricultural fields. Pipes also reduce water loss by seepage during transport.


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AMP56 02

Rainwater storage

Rainwater is stored for later use to minimize the application of saline irrigation water. This is useful in areas of irregular rainfall where irrigation is required during dry seasons.


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AMP56 03

More reliance on rainwater

More direct use is made of rainwater to reduce reliance on saline irrigation water. However, it is difficult to plan and other water conservation strategies also need to be used.


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