Professors Samer Kharroubi and Hadi Jaafar organized a one-day workshop for farmers and engineers on “A smart mobile application to regulate the amount of irrigation in agriculture at the Platinum Hotel, Tyre on Thursday 30 January 2020. The workshop was attended by nearly 45 farmers and it aimed to introduce a novel mobile application that the farmers can use to calculate the irrigation requirements of their crops. The adoption of this application would not only help Lebanese farmers better manage their irrigated land, but it would help them also reduce their energy use and improve their yields.
Prof Mohammad Farran, representing Dean Rabi Mohtar, welcomed the attendees and highlighted the current challenges related to the irrigation systems used in Lebanon. Dr. Jaafar then gave a general overview of the project and introduced the new smart mobile application to the attendees. After then, Dr. Karroubi presented the survey results that been conducted to assess the current irrigation management practices that have been used by farmers in Lebanon. The workshop concluded with a thorough demo on the smart irrigation mobile application and its use by the farmers.