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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.
Sl. No.
Name Country Membership
1
Dr. A.K. Randev  India (2005) Chair  (2016)
2
Mr. Carl Walters  Australia (2015) Vice Chair (2016)
3
Mr. Suman Sijapati  Nepal (2013) Secretary (2016)
4
VPH Jose A. Ortiz  Spain (2003)
5
Dr. Graziano Ghinassi  Italy (2004)
6
Mr. Hassan Shantia  Iran (2006)
7
Dr. Abraham Mehari Haile  The Netherlands (2008)
8
Mr. Mohd Yazid bin Abdullah  Malaysia (2011)
9
Dr. Akira Iwamoto  Japan (2011)
10
Dr. Chen, Ching-Tien  Chinese Taipei (2012)
11
Dr. Dickson Ahagbuje  Nigeria (2014)
12
Mr. Bashu Dev Lohanee  Nepal (2015)
13
Dr. Hossein Dehghani Sanij  Iran (2015)
14
Mr. Muhammad Tahir Anwar  Pakistan (2015)
15
Mr. S.P. Jadhav (Direct Member), JISL  India (2015)
16
Mr. Siboniso Phillip Mkhaliphi  South Africa  (2016)
17
Mr. Ömer Faruk Akbulut Turkey (2016)
18
Mr. Yao Bin China Provisional Member (2016)
19
Dr. Zhang Guohua (Young Professional) China Provisional Member (2016)
20
Prof. Chang Eon Park Korea, Rep. of  Provisional Member (2016)
21
Eng. S. Mohanarajah  Sri Lanka Provisional Member (2016)
22
Mr. Suhad Jassim Obeed Iraq Provisional Member (2016)
23
Mr. Hussein Shanan Abid Al-Hussein (Young Professional) Iraq Provisional Member (2016)
24
Mr. Sher Singh  India Observer (2016) 
25
Mr. M.S. Sudhakar (Direct Member), JISL  India Observer (2015)
26
Mr. Abijit Joshi (Direct Member), JISL India Observer (2015) 
27
Mr. Jano Anter  Germany Observer (2011) 
28
Mr. Bruno Molle  France Permanent Observer
29
FAO Representative Permanent Observer


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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