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Hungarian Innovation Launched in Africa

The soil conditioner presented at the 2016 Budapest Water Summit has received a green light in Kenya. The product of Water & Soil Ltd., which offers a 6-20 percent increase in productivity in agriculture without irrigation and a 50 percent water saving in irrigation agriculture has received a distribution licence.

The organic soil conditioning product that increases the soil’s capacity to retain water was presented at the 2016 Budapest Water Summit, and today, it is popular from Morocco to South Africa. Worldwide use could save water sufficient to supply several hundred million people.

“The opportunity to present our product at such a highly significant global event has played an organic role in the development of our international market presence. As a result, our product has been tested successfully in South Africa, Morocco, Ghana, Iran, India, Pakistan, Chile and Great Britain too, and we have become active in all those markets. Now, a new country is added to the list, as we have received a distribution licence in Kenya as well”,

said Richárd Vattay, Director of Water & Soil Ltd.

Professional use of the Water Retainer increases the ability of soil to retain water so that it is available for plants significantly. The improved availability of water is maintained throughout the cultivation period, while the damage caused by drought is also reduced, as even in severe drought conditions, plants will be able to survive without significant damage for twice as long. In agriculture without irrigation, this could result in a 6 to 20 percent increase in yields.

The other great advantage of the product is that when used together with an irrigation system, it can reduce the water requirement by about 50 percent. It reduces evaporation and retains water in the top layer of soil, what’s more, soil treated with the product is even able to recover water from the air. On an agricultural area of 100,000 hectares with 30 percent irrigation intensity, the product can save 120 million m3 of water per year, the annual water consumption of 2 million people.

A water industry exhibition entitled “Digital and Nature-Based Sustainable Solutions Expo” will be held alongside the Budapest Water Summit on 15-17 October 2019.

Further information: Water & Soil

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