Irrigation in UK

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

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

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...

Register for our free email news about meetings, field visits, and conferences. Read more...

Products and services

We provide information on consultants, contractors, and suppliers of products and services in the irrigation industry. Would you like your company listed? Read more...

Publications

We have a library of downloadable booklets, datasheets, journal papers, and conference presentations - see Resources.

Events

Farm visit to W Sussex

TBC

Start date : Wednesday 21st September 2016 : End date : Wednesday 21st September 2016

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AGM and technical meeting in Suffolk

TBC

Start date : Wednesday 23rd November 2016 : End date : Wednesday 23rd November 2016

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UKIA spring conference 2017

Details to follow in the Autumn

Start date : Wednesday 1st March 2017 : End date : Wednesday 1st March 2017

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Membership

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You can join the UKIA or renew your membership on-line click here. Note there is a £2 service charge on credit card payments.

Blog

See the blog

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Travel grants

Available for high calibre post graduates to extend their international experience. Awarded annually and managed through the Jack Wright Memorial Trust. Read more...