Bhubaneshwar, 22 August 2016.
The Chief Scientists’ Meet of AICRP on Irrigation Water Management was jointly organized by ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management, Bhubaneswar and Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Gwalior between 19 and 22 August 2016. The Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar emphasized on the importance of water for efficient use in agriculture by growing more crop per drop of water on 19 August2016. Shri Tomar said that the water-table and quality is decreasing day-by-day and steps have to be taken to save water through use of micro irrigation. Shri Tomar also emphasised that productivity, production and farm income need to be increased so as to retain the farmers in agriculture.
The Minister for Urban Development and Housing, Madhya Pradesh, Smt. Maya Singh, stressed on more research on safer use of domestic and industrial sewage water in agriculture. Smt Singh also narrated benefits of roof water harvesting for raising ground water.
Dr N.S. Rathore (DDG, Education) stressed on increasing water productivity and bringing Second Green Revolution so as to double the farm income by 2022.
Prof. A.K. Singh (Vice Chancellor, RVSKVV) enumerated the developments in the university in last one year and thanked the ICAR for organising Chief Scientists Meet of AICRP-IWM at Gwalior. Prof. stressed on direct saving of irrigation water through laser assisted laser leveller, ridge furrow and broad bed furrow sowing methods.
Shri Lakhan Singh Yadav, MLA, emphasized on development of area specific technologies and ground water recharge by rainwater conservation through percolation tanks and check dams.
Dr S.K. Chaudhari (ADG, S&WM) stressed on increasing nutrient and water use efficiency through efficient fertigation methods. Dr S.K. Ambast (Director, IIWM) emphasized on water resource planning, development and management for ensuring irrigation water at each farm. Dr Ambast informed that IIWM is playing role of knowledge hub for capacity building under PMKSY. On the occasion, AICRP-IWM Annual Report 2015-16 and a number of water management publications from different centres were released.
(Source: ICAR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar)