Institute for Rural Engineering, NARO

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The Institute for Rural Engineering, NARO (NIRE) aims to promote agricultural innovations with the development of technology that contributes to the achievement of a policy of "rural promotion" through prudent management of agricultural water and soil. Our recent research focuses on the development of technology that contributes to strategic renewal and management of agricultural irrigation facilities, disaster prevention and reduction in rural areas, preservation of regional resources for agricultural production, advanced paddy field management, biomass utilization, measures against the effects of climate change on farmland and water resources, and sophisticated environmental control of agricultural structures as well as many other areas. Moreover, we provide technical assistance with hazard and disaster countermeasures for farmland and agricultural facilities.

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NARO International Symposium 2018

image1 NARO International Symposium 2018:Research and applications of water control and management in agricultural and rural areas was organized by Institute for Rural Engineering, NARO at Tsukuba International Congress Center on October 26, 2018. In this international symposium, prominent researchers from France, Netherlands, Taiwan and Japan gave presentation about the global trends, recent advancements and efforts for practical applications in water management research in rural engineering.


Development of an effective water distribution management control using ICT

image1 The Institute for Rural Engineering, NARO (NIRE) has developed a water management control system that efficiently distributes water based on its usage by linking the pumping stations controlled by the land improvement district and the automatic hydrants in farms managed by farmers using ICT. The Irrigation and Drainage Automation System (iDAS) is expected to contribute in labor saving for facility managers in paddy field irrigation areas, saving in use of agricultural water, and saving in energy consumption of pumps.Read more


Durability of the waterproof sheet confirmed after 50 years

image1The Institute for Rural Engineering, NARO (NIRE) has clarified the durability of the waterproof sheet used in agricultural reservoirs after 50 years of exposure in an environment where it is practically used. It has been verified that the durability of the waterproof sheet holds about 80% of the initial value if placed in water. This data can be used for maintenance and management of various agricultural irrigation facilities.Read more


International symposium on water management

image1The Institute for Agricultural Engineering (NIRE) is organizing the NARO International Symposium 2018 with the theme "Reseach and applications of water control and management in agricultural and rural areas" at the Tsukuba International Congress Center (Convention Hall 200) on October 26, 2018. Prominent researchers from overseas and Japan will talk about the global trends, recent advancements and efforts for practical applications in water management research in rural engineering. Read more.


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