Evapotranspiration-based irrigation scheduling: a promising tool for Uzbek farmers
Irrigated agriculture is the backbone of Uzbekistan’s economy. Therefore, efficient irrigation water management is of crucial importance to the sustainable crop production in the country. Since independence, Uzbekistan has made significant efforts including institutional reforms to implement integrated water resources management (IWRM) to maintain and improve irrigation capacity. These efforts are much needed for better water management at a regional scale to improve irrigation water management at field and farm levels through adoption of water-saving technologies such as evapotranspiration (ET)-based irrigation scheduling, drip irrigation, and crop monitoring sensors.