After the first summer school within the SMARTWATER project the 2nd was also SUPER productive as it was a LIVE EVENT considering the situation regarding COVID measures.
The 2nd Summer school focused on “Smart technologies and best management practices (technical and practical) for sustainable and eco-efficient agricultural water management”. The main objective was to present and discuss basic and advanced topics with a focus on integrated agricultural water management with particular reference to the use of innovations and advanced technologies. The event gathered different stakeholders, including university staff, students, the agro-businesses sector, farmers, decision-makers, and agricultural extension and advisory service officers.
The second part was dedicated to the measuring the eco-efficiency of production.
The importance of water productivity was highlighted, representing the aspiration to increase crop yields as much as possible with as little water consumption as possible. The importance of energy consumption, mineral fertilizers and CO2 emission during agricultural production was also pointed out as a key to the eco-efficiency analysis.
A general overview of agricultural decision support systems (DSS) Blueleaf was also presented.
The end of the day was reserved for the preparation and flight planning of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). This preparation served as the basis for implementing the flight planned the day after as a part of the field trip visiting the orchard of a local producer.
The principles on which RS works were presented and an example of combining vegetation indices and soil water balance models was given on an example from Portugal. Remote sensing helps to improve irrigation efficiency and water productivity, which is beneficial for future climate changes.
The last day of The 2nd Summer school was reserved for showing participants the research performed in this project at both experimental fields in Aleksandrovac (UNI-BL) and Butmir (UNSA).
After a detailed presentation of these topics and a coffee break, it was time for the Closing Ceremony where Sabrija Čadro made final conclusions and closed the working sessions of the 2nd summer school.
The certificates for the participants were awarded by Zlatan Kovačević, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka (UNI-BL), and Muhamed Brka, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science, University of Sarajevo (UNSA).