Virtual Irrigation Academy Business Models in Pakistan

a stream of fresh water
Project code
AUD 250,000
Research program manager
Dr Neil Lazarow
Project leader
Simon Dyer
Commissioned organisation
VIA Design
JUN 2022
DEC 2023
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to create viable and sustainable business models to supply farmers with Virtual Irrigation Academy (VIA) water monitoring tools in Pakistan.

This will enable expansion beyond current project sites and will provide the data necessary to effectively inform water management decisions at scheme, province and national levels. It also forms the basis of the feasibility study for operating a VIA production facility in Pakistan. The development of a salt monitoring Chameleon Card will also be progressed based on findings from previous projects.

Expected activities and project outcomes

  • Creating a VIA user decision matrix and scoping out business opportunities for VIA product supply and related services.
  • Exploring the feasibility of producing Chameleon sensor and Wetting Front Detector in Pakistan.
  • Sharing data outputs with key Pakistani agencies (PCRWR and Punjab Irrigation Department) to evaluate efficacy of inclusion of VIA data and services into existing management systems, and report on steps to support implementation.
  • Developing and deploying a Chameleon Card that identifies saline soils at site.
Key partners
VIA Design