Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board tenders for water abstraction

An invitation to tender on Water Abstraction has been launched today by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board's potato and horticulture divisions.

The purpose of this work is to analyse and interpret the resilience of the potato and horticulture sectors to the proposed changes in water abstraction legislation in Britain. 

Water is an essential resource for all plant growth. For quality, quantity and timely supply of produce, access to abstracted water is essential for both supplementary irrigation of rain fed crops, and complete irrigation of protected crops.

Agriculture and horticulture use only 1-2 per cent by volume of abstracted water. This underpins a high value packing and processing industry supporting rural jobs and local economies.

Modifications to the licensing system for water abstraction form part of wider changes being made to how water is managed to comply with EU environmental obligations and increasing pressures on water resources.

A statement issued by the AHDB said it has a role to play in "ensuring industry understands, plans for and is able to adapt to changes in resource availability."

With a value of up to £100,000, the study will examine a wide range of challenges and opportunities, analyse the resilience of potato and horticulture producers to proposed changes in the water abstraction regime in Britain and produce information to enable growers to take action.

Information on the tender and application process can be found on the AHDB Horticulture website:

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