[15 May/ABC News]

An irrigation system called Irrigation By Condensation that grows crops using renewable energy and air humidity has been developed by Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies. Co-founder, Boaz Wachtel, said he was aware of the struggle farmers faced with water scarcity, and was always interested in developing new technologies for farmers. The system has been tested on five crops, and was able to sustain the entire cycle of growth from planting to harvest. The concept is quite simple, however the science behind it is sophisticated. VegetablesWA CEO, John Shannon, said concepts that worked in Israel often worked well in WA as there was similarities in the climates. He added that while it is an interesting technology, there may be limitations. Agriculture accounts for 70 percent of the consumption of potable water in the world and the global demand for water had been increasing.