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Winners of WatSave Awards 2015


Technology Award


Li Xinjian (China)


The International Panel of Judges of WatSave Awards has adjudged Mr. Li Xinjian (China) for conferring the WatSave Technology Award 2015, for his work on "Water Saving, Pollution Prevention and Emission Reduction of Paddy Rice'.


The technology of controlled irrigation for paddy rice included the optimal combination of irrigation time, irrigation frequency, irrigation quotas, and control of water level in the field and fertilizer applications. The controlled irrigation technology for paddy rice has been applied in larger area in South China. From 1990 to 2013, the technology was promoted on a total area of 15.3 million ha in the region resulting in 28.7 billion cubic meters of water savings during the period.


The popular cash crops in Guangxi region included sugarcane, mango, tea and citrus. Considering the precipitation and its uneven distribution during the growing season, Mr. Li developed and extended the comprehensive techniques on full utilization of natural rainfalls and the supplementary irrigation system. The techniques included irrigation scheduling, modern irrigation techniques, such as spray/drip irrigation, tubular irrigation, small-pipe outflow and fertigation together with automation. From 2010 to 2014, this comprehensive technology covered an area of 200,000 ha and resulted in tremendous water savings together an income increase of 4.5 billion Yuan due to yield improvements. The above techniques were summarized and published by local and national professional organizations for further dissemination of the successful technology. Mr. Li has worked in Guilin Irrigation Experimental Station in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomious Region for 35 years. He has devoted himself in developing and extending water saving technology for paddy rice and cash crops.


Congratulations to Mr. Li Xinjian


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Innovative Water Management Award 


Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry (Egypt)


The International Panel of Judges of WatSave Awards has adjudged Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry for conferring the WatSave Innovative Water Management Award 2015, for their work on “Crop Rotation: An Approach to Save Irrigation Water under Water Scarcity in Egypt”.


Crop rotation is an agricultural management practice that could save on the applied irrigation water. This practice is one of the most effective agricultural control strategies. It involves arrangement of crops planted on the same field; and the succeeding crops should belong to different family. Using crop rotations in Egypt has helped in the sustainable use of natural agricultural resources; increase the agricultural productivity of unit land and unit of irrigation water under the prevailing conditions of water scarcity. As a result, the probability of attaining food security for strategic crops will increase and will help in improving standard of living and poverty elevation of rural population.


Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry were engaged in a project for investigating the water use efficiency by crop rotation and intercropping to achieve food security. This innovative irrigation management method resulted in considerable water saving and improved standard of living of farmers.


Congratulations to Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry!

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Farmer Award


Group Farming and Micro Irrigation a Way to Prosperity


"Group Farming", to enhance the resource utilisation in a rural setting of India as promoted by Mr. Bhagwan M Kapse (India), was awarded the WatSave Farmers Award in 2015.


In India small farmers face various challenges such as economic, technical and social challenges. The below average crop yields do not allow these small farmers to compete and meet the market requirements. It is important to overcome the challenges of efficiency in resource utilization, adoption of modern technology, production of quality produce, processing and marketing. It’s not possible for small farmers to raise their efficiency individually in attaining higher yields per acre of land, per drop of water or per rupee invested. Drawing on age old wisdom/experiences in cooperatives, Mr. Kapse came up with a strong promising option of ‘Group Farming’ to address trheses challenges.


Mr. Kapse not only promoted ‘Group Farming’ for just survival but also as a bridge to prosperity through better income generating options and efficient application of technical interventions. Some of the objectives of ‘Group Farming’ as conceptualized by Mr. Kapse were as below:

  • Bringing together small farmers in clusters and developing their groups.
  • Adoption of suitable common cropping pattern on large scale by these groups and promotion of federation of these groups in villages.
  • Adoption of modern technology by the groups for production of high quality produce.
  • Adoption of advance irrigation methods like drip and sprinkler for all crops, including cereals, for increasing water use efficiency.
  • Conservation of land and water resources on community basis and judicious use of these resources in a sustainable manner.

The total area under ‘Group Farming’ was about 3000 Ha with 12 Million Cubic Meters (MCM) of water savings since the ‘Group Farming’ was introduced in Marathwada region of Maharashtra State in 1999. Mr. Kapse has successfully developed and applied a model of rural community management which resulted in tremendous water savings and enhanced yields towards poverty alleviation of the farmers in the region.


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Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Crop Rotation: An Approach to Save Irrigation Water under Water Scarcity in Egypt Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry (Egypt)

Improving growth, Yield and Water Productivity of some Maize Cultivars by new planting Method

Dr.Yosri Ibrahim Mohamed Atta (Egypt)
Jiamakou Irrigation Scheme (JIS), China Mr. Zhang Xuehui, China, 2013

Integrated water recovery provides regional growth
for Northern Victoria, Australia

Mr. Peter McCamish, Australia (2012)


Participatory Rainwater Conservation of Rainfed Agriculture of Vidarbha Region (Maharashtra), India

Prof. Dr. Subhash Madhawrao Taley, India (2011)

Water distribution management at the Vaalharts irrigation scheme

Mr. Kobus Harbron, South Africa (2010)

Transformation of irrigation through management transfer

Messrs Shahaji Manikrao Somawanshi, Bharat Kawale and Sanjay Madhukar Belsare, India (2009)

Innovative Method for Rice Irrigation with High Potential of Water Saving

Dr. Yousri Ibrahim Atta, Egypt (2008)

Provision of Irrigation Scheduling Advice to Small Scale Sugarcane Farmers Using a Web Based Crop Model and Cellular Technology: A South African Case Study

Dr. Abraham Singels, South Africa (2007)

Water Administration System (WAS)

Dr. Nico Benadé, South Africa (2006)

Innovative Water Saving Technologies in China

Prof. Li Daixin, China (2005)

An initiative towards saving of water and sustainable Irrigation Management in Maharashtra State, India

Er. Suresh. V. Sodal, India (2004)

Comprehensive approach in water resources management such as Irrigation, Drainage, On-Farm Water Management, Water Quality, Groundwater Modeling, Contaminant Transport

Dr. Muhammad Akram Kahlown, Pakistan (2003)

Spatio-Drainage Approach: A Tool for Proper Management, Accurate Design and Cost Effective
Subsurface Drainage Projects and Water Saving

Dr. Mahmoud Moustafa, Egypt (2002)

Water-Saving Irrigation Practice in China - Demands, Technical System, Current Situation,
Development Objective, And Countermeasures

Prof. Gu Yuping, China (2001)

Modernization Plan of Mula Traditional Irrigations

Dr. Francisco del Amor Garcia, Spain (2000)

Modified Drainage System for Rice Growing Areas : A Tool for Water Saving

Eng. Hussein El-Atfy, Egypt (1999)

Development of Water Saving Irrigation Technique On Large Paddy Rice Area in Guangxi Region of China

Prof. Wu Xijin, China (1998)


Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Water Saving, Pollution Prevention and Emission Reduction of Paddy Rice Li Xinjian (China)

Benefits of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s Pilot Pressure Irrigation Project

Jeff Shaw and Todd Kotey (USA)

Thin and exposed irrigation Prof. Yi Yongqing, China, 2013

Theory and technology of controlled irrigation of rice in China

Prof. Peng Shizhang, China (2012)

SAPWAT 3: Irrigation Water Planning Tool

Messrs Pieter S van Heerden and Charles T Crosby, South Africa (2011)

Irrigation water security: promoting on-farm reservoirs in the UK

Dr. Keith Weatherhead, Mr. Melvyn Kay and Dr. Jerry Knox, UK (2010)

Wheat Bed Planter

Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Pakistan (2009)

 Micro Irrigation – A Technology for Prosperity

Dr. Yella Reddy, Mr. Satyanarayana and Mrs.G Andal, India (2008)

Growing Rice with Pivots – A Step Towards Water Conservation

Messrs Werner and Herbert Arns, Brazil (2007)

Contributions and Achievements to Water-savings in Agriculture

Prof. Kang Shaozhong, China (2006)

Efficient Water and Resource-saving Technique of Soils Pre-sowing Treatment Under Winter Wheat Cultivation Conditions

Mr. Omar Redjepow, Turkmenistan (2004)

Wetting Front Detector: A New Tool to Help Farmers Save Water

[ Winner of the People's Choice Award for the best presentation at Irrigation Australia Conference ]

Dr. Richard John Stirzaker (2003)

Dripping with success- The Challenges of an Irrigation Redevelopment Project

Mr. Robert E. Merry, UK (2002)

Rotational irrigation scheduling in rice paddy with the operation rule curve of irrigation reservoir

Prof. Tai Cheol Kim, Korea (2001)

Water Efficient Irrigation and Environmentally
Sustainable Irrigated Rice Production in China

Prof. Mao Zhi, China (2000)


Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Development and application of innovative and advanced simulation tools for the evaluation and optimization of surface irrigation systems

Dr. Malcolm Gillies, Australia (2009)

Water Banking – Conjunctive Water Use Management Approach for Water Saving and Improve Productivity and Environmental Performance

Dr. Amgad Elmahdi, Australia (2008)

Micro Irrigation – A technology to save water

Ms. Neelam Patel, India (2006)

Computer-Aided Mapping Irrigation Scheduling for Arab Republic of Egypt

Dr. Mohamed Maher Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt (2005)

IGRA: An Approach for the Application of the Benchmarking Initiative to Irrigation Areas

Dr. Juan Antonio Rodriguez Diaz, Spain (2004)

Contribution in the field of flow measurement, canal system modernization and operations improvements, debris and fish screening at irrigation diversions, hydrology, and improved hydraulic laboratory techniques

Mr. Tony L. Wahl, USA (2003)

A Scientific Approach for Water Management in Rice Fields

Dr. Ashutosh Upadhyaya, India (2002)

Participatory Irrigation Management in Katepurna Irrigation Project : A Success Story

Er. Sanjay M. Belsare, India (2001)

Decision-Making Support System for Irrigation Water management of Jingtai Chuan Pumping Irrigation Scheme at the Upper Reaches of Yellow River

Dr. Gao Zhanyi, China (1999)


Award winning success story

Award winning farmer(s)

Group Farming and Micro Irrigation a Way to Prosperity Bhagwan M. Kapse (India)

The Willow Creek Piping Project

Mr. Jerry Erstrom, USA (2011)

Rainwater conservation through natural cracks in deep black soils

Mr. Arvind Narayanrao Nalkande, India (2009)






  • 2015 - Association Française pour l'Etude des Irrigations et du Drainage (AFEID)
  • 2014 - Korean National Committee on Irrigationand Drainage (KCID)
  • 2013 - Turkish National Committee, ICID (TUCID)
  • 2012 - Irrigation Australia's Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IACID)
  • 2011 - Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID)
  • 2010 - Indonesian National Committee of ICID (INACID) & Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID)
  • 2009 - Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID)
  • 2008 - Pakistan National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (PANCID)
  • 2007 - U.S. National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID)
  • 2006 - Malaysian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (MANCID), andSpanish National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CERYD)
  • 2005 - Spanish National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CERYD)
  • 2004 - French National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (AFEID)
  • 2003 - Japanese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (JNC-ICID)
  • 2002 - Canadian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID)
  • 2001 - Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID)
  • 2000 - Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID)
  • 1999 - Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID)
  • 1998 - Netherlands National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NETHCID), Directorate General of Public Works & Water Management, and IHE Delft