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ROSA, Jadir A. Integrating professional education, research and extensionin irrigated agriculture technology centers. Eng. Agríc. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.6, pp. 1212-1218. ISSN 0100-6916. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-69162011000600018.
With the objective to stimulate the use of irrigation and the electric energy fee reduction during night time program granted by the 2004 Federal law, the Government of the state of Paraná, Brazil launched the Night Irrigation Program - NPI. Beyond this discount, the farmer that adheres to NPI will get additional benefits, as completion of the electric grid without cost, subsidized financing of equipment, technical assistance, support with environmental farm compliance, and the possibility of replacing the entire pump energy matrix. As part of the NPI strategy of action, installation of learning centers for irrigation technology was planned in agricultural schools, thus contributing both to improve technical professional training in agriculture, and for the dissemination of knowledge in irrigated agriculture, in order to increase agricultural productivity.
Palavras-chave : family farming; water use; electric energy; vocational training.