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MicroMicro irrigation (drip/ trickle or localized irrigation) was introduced on commercial scale in the world sometime in seventies. Micro irrigation is the most efficient method of water application to crops; however, owing to its technicalities involved in design, operation and maintenance, the pace of its adoption was rather slow. In order to promote the use of micro irrigation on large-scale, irrigation community worldwide, especially in developed countries launched the hosting of International Micro Irrigation Congress commencing from the year 1971. Subsequently, ICID volunteered to organize the event commencing from 5th International Micro Irrigation Congress held at South Africa in 2000 with an objective of creating awareness among its members about latest developments in micro irrigation technology to enhance crop production. Since 2012 the event will be renamed as International Micro Irrigation Symposium.


The 9th International Micro Irrigation Conference was successfully held at Aurangabad, India from 16-18 January 2019. The conference was inaugurated by Hon'ble Union Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India); presided by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, and Hon'ble Union Minister Mr. Radha Mohan Singh (Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India).


Hon'ble Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy (Ministry of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and Waterways and Environment, Government of Fiji) graced the occasion as a Special Invitee.


Guests of honour: Hon’ble Minister of State Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal (Union Minister of State in Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs in Government of India); Hon’ble Minister Mr. Girish Dattatray Mahajan (Minister for Medical Education, Water Resources and Command Area Development, Government of Maharashtra); Hon’ble Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant (Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare, Guardian Minister of Aurangabad District, State Government of Maharashtra); Hon’ble Minister Mr. Vinoda Datarama Paliencar (Minister for Fisheries and Water Resources Department, State Government of Goa); Hon’ble Minister Mr. Mahender Singh Thakur (Minister for Irrigation and Public Health, Horticulture and Sainik Welfare, State Govt. of Himachal Pradesh); Hon’ble Minister Mr. Satyendra Kumar Jain (Minister for Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Power, PWD, Health and FW, Govt. of NCT Delhi); Hon’ble Minister Mr. Satpal Maharaj (Minister for Irrigation, Flood Control... State Govt. of Uttrakhand); Hon’ble Minister Mr.C.S. Puttaraju (Minister for Minor Irrigation and Water Resources Department, State Govt. of Karnataka); Hon’ble Minister Mr. Surya Pratap Shahi (Minister for Agriculture Education and Agriculture Research, State Govt. of Uttar Pradesh); Hon’ble Minister Mr. Om Prakash Dhankar (Minister for Agriculture Development and Panchayat, Irrigation, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Fisheries…, State Govt. of Haryana); Mr. Chandrakant Kant Khaire (Hon’ble Member of Parliament Lok Sabha, Aurangabad).

Also present were Mr. U.P. Singh, Secretary (Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Govt. of India); Mr. S. Masood Hussain, Chairman, (INCSW, Central Water Commission); Engr. Felix Reinders, President, ICID; Engr. A.B. Pandya, Secretary General, ICID


As a part of the conference, Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI), Aurangabad, organized a one day “National Micro Irrigation Workshop for Farmers” on 15th January 2019. Around 200 farmers from various states of the country participated in the event. The event was graced by Mr. Uday Chaudhari, Collector & District Magistrate of Aurangabad; and President Eng. Felix Reinders, and Director, CWC. Director General Mr. Deepak Singla welcomed the participants and introduced the speakers.


President Reinders made a presentation on Micro Irrigation and introduced different practices and technologies used in various countries. As per the request of the farmers, the presentation was interpreted in Hindi language, which was very well received. At the end of the First Session, President Felix and other invited guests also planted saplings in the WALMI complex.

The Second Session started with presentations and a study tour.

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9th International Micro Irrigation Conference on the theme "Micro Irrigation in Modern Agriculture”, 16-18 January 2019, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India


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Previous Micro-Irrigation Conferences

[*Approved the renaming of 'INTERNATIONAL MICRO IRRIGATION CONFERENCE (IMIC)" instead of 'INTERNATIONAL MICRO IRRIGATION SYMPOSIUM (IMIS)" at the 66th IEC meeting, Montpellier, France, 2015 (vide IEC Resolution - 3/66)]



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