Irrigation in UK

UK Irrigation Association - An independent organisation promoting the wise use of water for irrigation


UKIA Spring Conference at IRRIGEX 2019

Future water for food

This year we are joining with IRRIGEX 2019 irrigation exhibition and running our spring conference over TWO days

Venue: Peterborough Arena PE2 6XE

We have our usual programme of top class speakers so come along, hear, engage with our nation's leading experts.

Click here to download conference programme

Choose your day to attend or come for both days!

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Members and non members welcome.  Entrance is FREE

Start date : Wednesday 27th February 2019 : End date : Thursday 28th February 2019

Import into calendar

The Irrigators' Handbook

Our new Irrigators' Handbook

Our Irrigators' Handbook will be launched at IRRIGEX 27-28 February (see above)

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Lots of practical information for all those involved in irrigation.  There are sections on UKIA and its work; working together in Water Abstractor Groups; topical articles on current irrigation issues such as licensing and managing drought; and a technical section including basic hydraulics, pipes and pumps, designing and managing irrigation systems, improving irrigation efficiency, water auditing, reservoirs, and irrigation agronomy of fruit and vegetables.

The Irrigators’ Handbook is published by the UK Irrigation Association. 2019  soft-back  120 pages.

FREE to membersCollect your copy at IRRIGEX otherwise we will post a copy to you after the event.

Not a member? Pick up a copy for special price of £10 (cash or cheque) at IRRIGEX

Or order on line  price £25.00 +£3 p&p

Start date : Tuesday 12th February 2019 : End date : Sunday 31st March 2019

Import into calendar

UK Irrigation Association (UKIA) is the only independent organisation representing irrigation in the UK. We are a voice for irrigation in the debate over the future of UK's water resources; we advocate the wise use of water in agriculture, in amenity and in sports and leisure; and we promote good irrigation design and management practices.

Using water wisely for irrigation

Irrigated agriculture is important in the UK's rural economy. More than 1,000 agri-businesses, large and small, depend on irrigation to supply high quality fresh fruit and vegetables to the nation's supermarkets - arguably one of the most sophisticated markets in the world. Irrigated agriculture employs over 50,000 people and annually contributes over £3bn to the rural economy.

Irrigation is also important in the urban environment - keeping sports turf in peak condition for play and providing high quality amenity and leisure facilities.

But today, irrigation faces new challenges - new regulations, increasing risks of droughts and floods, climate change, public pressures for greater accountability and environmental sustainability. UKIA helps members to meet these challenges.


Members include farmers and growers (over 50%), consultants, researchers, suppliers, manufacturers, and government professionals.

Individual membership is only £40 annually, more for group membership. Read more...

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Annual membership fee £50 + £2 service charge on card payments.

UKIA Irrigators’ Handbook

Lots of practical information for all those involved in irrigation. Sections on UKIA and its work; working together in Water Abstractor Groups; topical articles on current irrigation issues and a technical section on pumps, pipes, systems, management and agronomy.

Publisher UKIA 2019. soft-back 120 pages. Download leaflet

Issued FREE to members

Not a member?

Order on-line £25.00 +£3 p&p


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