Water shortages around the world impacts billions of people. For those who depend on rainfall for their daily nourishment, a lack of water means famine and thirst. Rice production – a staple in many developing nations – takes a lot of water: 1000-3000 liters just to produce one kilo of rice. But in Egypt, innovators are making news for developing a new machine that could help significantly reduce the water needed for cultivation and irrigation of rice crops.
The water-conserving machine won first place in international contest. It has show to cut in half the amount of water needed in rice cultivation.
The scientists are hopeful that with this machine, farmers will continue to irrigate rice without worrying about water consumption.