N-Drip, manufacturer of the first gravity-powered micro-irrigation system, received the Overall Award for Excellence in Disruptive Technologies in the Financial Times/International Finance Corporation (FT/IFC) Transformational Business Awards program.
In the words of the judges: “[N-Drip] has developed a solution that significantly increases the efficient use of water and energy in agriculture.”
According to a company statement, N-Drip combines the simplicity of flood irrigation with the high yields and precision of conventional drip. N-Drip’s technology uses existing field infrastructure without the need for pumping facilities or filters used in existing precise irrigation technologies, reducing water and energy use by up to 70% while greatly reducing the cost of installation.
“The Financial Times award and the recognition it provides is an important milestone for us, and we are honored to be recognized for our work,” said N-Drip CEO Eran Pollak. “We know the impact our system can have on the world’s water crisis, and we are eager to spread the word.”
N-Drip aims to help solve the global water shortage by providing a proven alternative to flood irrigation, which represents nearly 85% of irrigation used around the world today.
“We hope to help farmers across the globe increase their yields while reducing water consumption, protecting soil fertility and eliminating the need for external energy sources to irrigate crops,” Pollak said.
N-Drip is currently in use by growers in Arizona, California and Texas, as well as in Israel, Australia and Africa. The system is most frequently used in cotton and specialty crops like lettuce, peppers, chickpeas, alfalfa, and more.
Based on information provided by N-Drip