New wave of technology brings water to farms in India

Published: 27 July 2022

Victorian manufacturer Rubicon Water is leading the way with modernising irrigation systems in the Murray Darling Basin and improving farm productivity and sustainability in India as it expands its presence across the world.

Founded in Shepparton in 1995, Rubicon Water has quickly expanded internationally with Global Victoria helping to open doors for the company to establish operations in 17 countries.

The company now generates around 70% of its revenue from its growing international operations, which has seen its local workforce increase to 230 employees across Melbourne and Shepparton.

Rubicon Water’s automated irrigation systems use software, sensors and flow controllers to manage the supply of water, delivering water to farms in a controlled way.

In the Indian state of Karnataka, the Rubicon Water system manages the water supply to more than 400,000 hectares of land through around 1,250 kilometres of canals.

The result is a much more efficient and sustainable delivery of water to farms in the agriculture-rich state – with some farms receiving canal water for the first time in decades.

Rubicon has expanded its operations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Central Asia, China and Africa and is exploring opportunities in the Middle East with assistance from the Victorian Government’s network of trade and investment offices.

Most of these international projects are supported by its Shepparton manufacturing facility, producing gates, specialised flow measurement and control technology.

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