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Pivot irrigation, BrazilThe countries in North, South and Central Americas along with some Caribbean countries make the American Regional Working Group (AMRWG) of ICID. The Brazilian National Committee of ICID (ABID) routinely organises the "National Congress on Irrigation and Drainage" every year in Brazil and ICID Presidents , namely Mr. Peter Lee (UK) and Dr. Chandra Madramootoo (Canada) have participated in it.  It is said that Brazil will be the future engine of growth and food basket for the world. But other than the USA and Canada, language seems to be a bottleneck for spreading and sharing the vast treasure of knowledge on irrigation and drainage that is available with ICID and its national committees. Total arable area of the Americas is about 400 million hectares and out of this only about 46 million hectares is irrigated giving vast scope for water resources development and its management.


The AMRWG works for better contacts and dissemination of information on irrigation and drainage on a regional basis at the moment and desires to establish a strong base of ICID National Committees in the Americas.


Estd : 2003-2012


Mandate: (1) To assist in the development of broad-based ICID National Committee in each Latin American country, (2) To obtain and disseminate information on irrigation and drainage in Latin America, (3) To organize national and international discussions on relevant scientific and technical issues, and (4) To provide the catalyst for promoting better contact with the ICID and other relevant international organizations.


Members: (1) Dr. Luis Rendon Pimentel, Chairman (2004) (Mexico, 2004); (2) Ing. Agr. Sergio Domingo de Ageia Vaccarezza, Vice Chairman (2010) (Uruguay, 2010); (3) Dr. Dennis Wichelns (USA, 2005); (4) Representative from Brazil; (5) Representative from Canada; (6) Representative from Chile; (7) Representative from Guyana; (8) Representative from Uruguay, and (9) Secretary General, ICID.


Observers: (i) VPH. Dr. Jose A. Ortiz F.-Urrutia (Spain), (ii) Dr. Jaime Collado (Mexico); (iii) VP Prof. Lucio Ubertini (Italy) and (iv) Portuguese Representative.


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