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Working Group on Sustainable On-Farm Irrigation System Development (WG-SON-FARM)

wg_onfarmIrrigation water from its source is conveyed up to a farm and subsequently applied to crops through various irrigation methods- surface (basins, furrows, and border strips), sprinkler, and micro irrigation. Vast amount of water goes waste if it is not applied efficiently and uniformly all over the field. Improperly planned, designed and laid/ installed irrigation system leads to losses such as deep percolation, runoff, evaporation, and wind drift affecting the performance of the system. Today a vast range of sprinkler and micro irrigation technology is available to fit all types of soil, crops, climates and farm sizes. Modern micro irrigation systems can achieve as high as 95% application efficiency leading to significant water saving.

 

The Working Group on On-Farm Irrigation Systems (WG-ON-FARM) promotes on-farm irrigation as part of integrated water resources management, and sustainable efficient approach for on-farm irrigation. The group has brought out many publications (manuals and guidelines) for planning, design and evaluation of micro and sprinkler irrigation systems. One of the important activities of the WG is compilation of the worldwide ‘Sprinkler and Micro irrigated Areas’. As per the latest compilation, worldwide more than 46 million ha (comprising 36 million ha sprinkler irrigation and 10 million ha of micro irrigation) are irrigated by these irrigation technologies. ICID is a ‘Liaison Member’ of ISO/TC23/SC18 since over a decade.

Another important activity of the WG is to organize’ International Micro Irrigation Congress/ Symposium’ on periodic basis.

 

Re-estd: 2015*

 

Mandate 

  1. On-farm irrigation structures and water distribution system networks are properly designed, installed, managed and maintained;
  2. Soil moisture is monitored, technical and management measures for enhancing the water infiltration and retention capacities of soils are investigated and implemented;
  3. Trade-offs among on-farm irrigation technologies, socio-economic and environmental benefits are optimized;
  4. Innovative local institutional arrangements are developed and promoted for operation and maintenance;
  5. Top-notch scientific and development relevant research is conducted and its results are translated into actionable recommendations.
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Name Country Membership
1
Dr. A.K. Randev India Chairman 
2
Mr. Carl Walters Australia Vice Chair 
3
Mr. Suman Sijapati Nepal Secretary 
4
Mr. Yao Bin China  
5
Dr. Zhang Guohua China Young Professional 
6
Dr. Chen, Ching-Tien Chinese Taipei  
7
Mr. S.P. Jadhav (Direct Member), JISL India Direct Member
8
Mr. Hassan Shantia Iran  
9
Dr. Hossein Dehghanisanij Iran  
10
Mr. Suhad Jassim Obeed  Iraq  
11
Mr. Hussein Shanan Abid Al-Hussein, Iraq Young Professional 
12
Dr. Graziano Ghinassi Italy  
13
Dr. Akira Iwamoto Japan  
14
Prof. Chang Eon Park  Korea, Rep. of   
15
Mr. Mohd Yazid bin Abdullah Malaysia  
16
Mr. Bashu Dev Lohanee  Nepal  
17
Dr. Abraham Mehari Haile  Netherlands  
18
Dr. Dickson Ahagbuje Nigeria  
19
Mr. Muhammad Tahir Anwar Pakistan  
20
Mr. Siboniso Phillip Mkhaliphi South Africa   
21
VPH Jose A. Ortiz Spain  
22
Eng. S. Mohanarajah  Sri Lanka  
23
Mr. Ömer Faruk Akbulut Turkey  
24
Mr. Sher Singh India  
25
Mr. M.S. Sudhakar (Direct Member), JISL  India Direct Member
26
Mr. Abijit Joshi (Direct Member), JISL  India Direct Member
27
Dr. Jano Anter  Germany  
28
Mr. Bruno Molle (ISO) France  
29
FAO Representative    


1. Questionnaire : Worldwide usage of micro & sprinkler irrigation (Revised, January 2006)

2. Report to ISO SC18, participation to the 19th ICID Congress, Beijing, September 2005

3. List of Irrigation Standards (ISO and CEN)

4. Questionnaire on "Energy Requirements for Irrigation"

 

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*Re-constituted in 2015 and renamed as Working Group on Sustainable On-Farm Irrigation System Development (WG-SON-FARM)

 

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