Irrigation in UK

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


AGM and Technical Meeting on use of saline water for irrigation

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Start date : Wednesday 13th January 2021 : End date : Wednesday 13th January 2021

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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. You can use the PayPal option to pay with your PayPal account or with a credit/debit card

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

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