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WatSave Award Winner 2017 - Chris Norma

The major challenge facing irrigated agriculture today is producing more food using less water per unit of output i.e. increasing water productivity in both, irrigated and rainfed agriculture. This goal will only be achieved if the appropriate water saving technologies, management tools, and policies are in place. All those involved in irrigation water management – managers, farmers, workers need to be encouraged and guided, through appropriate policies and incentives, to save/ conserve water and to minimize wastages to mitigate negative environmental impacts.

Recognizing the need to encourage innovations in irrigation and drainage, ICID instituted WatSave Annual Award(s) in 1997 and are presented each year to recognize outstanding contributions to water conservation or water saving in agriculture. The Awards given to individuals or a team of individuals are made in respect of actual realized savings and not for promising research results, plans and/or good ideas/intentions to save water.


Nominations for the awards are received through the National Committees of ICID through a call sent out around the beginning of every calendar year. The award consists of an honorarium and a Citation.


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Young Professionals Award


This award is presented for promoting water saving technologies, innovative water management practices, original research leading to substantial water saving/ conservation etc. by young professionals (below 40 years).


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Farmer Award


The WatSave Farmer Award is given to a farmer(s) for proven water saving success story to promote successful water conservation.


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Winners of WatSave Awards 2019

The WatSave Awards are presented every year to promote and encourage the best technological applications or projects which have been successful in saving water. The International Panel of Judges of WatSave Awards 2019 headed by Pesident Hon. Dr. Saeed Nairizi (Iran) has adjudged the following as the winners:


1. Technology Award


Mr. TIAN Fuqiang (China)

For their work on "Water and Salt Regulation Scheme Under Mulched Drip Irrigation for Cotton in Arid Regions"



Mulched Drip Irrigation (MDI), a surface drip irrigation method combined with film of both saving water and labour and increasing crop yields


Congratulations !!!

2. Innovative Water Management Award

Mr. James Winter and Mr. Tony Quigley (Australia)

For his work on "Trangie-Nevertire Renewal : An Irrigation Infrastructure Modernisation Success Story"

Transfer/sale of water to the Australian Government in return for funding to totally modernize the irrigation infrastructure of the Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative Ltd both off and on farm.


Congratulations !!!

3. Young Professional

Mr. Ali Mahdavi Mazdeh; Mr. Mohammad Bijankhan; Mrs. Narges Mehri; Mr. Hadi Ramezani Etedali and Mrs. Fatemeh Tayebi (Iran)

For their work on "Applications of Constant Flow Rate Control Valve in Water Saving"

MCOP includes a float-spring blockage system inserted into an ordinary orifice that maintains a quasi-constant flow by being insensitive to both upstream and downstream pressure fluctuations.


Congratulations !!!

4. Farmer

Mr. Karan Jeet Singh Chatha (India)

For their work on "Water Conservation by use of Sprinkler & Drip Technologies in Paddy Crop"

Motivated the farmers towards Micro Irrigation Technology for Paddy crop and provided land for irrigation demonstration using solar panels. Practiced and promoted community-based water saving irrigation practices.


Congratulations !!!





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