About the Seminar
The demand for water for different uses in India has been increasing, but the potential water available for future use is declining at a faster rate. Agriculture (irrigation) continues to be the major water consuming sector due to the intensification of cultivation. The predominant practice of irrigation in India is food (conventional) method of irrigation which is resulted in poor water use efficiency.
One of the demand management strategies introduced recently to control the water consumption in Indian agriculture is the drip method of irrigation (DMI). Unlike food method of irrigation, drip method supplies water directly to the root zone of the crop through a network of pipes with the help of emitters.
Although DMI technology is introduced primarily to increase the water use efficiency in agriculture, it also delivers several benefits such as reduction in water consumption and cost of cultivation, enhancement of productivity and profitability. The reduction in water consumption in drip irrigation also substantially reduces the energy (electricity) required for lifting the water from wells/borewells.
While reducing electricity consumption, DMI ultimately helps reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emission, which is one of the important factors associated with climate change today. However, in spite of having many advantages over the method of food irrigation, the coverage of area under drip method of irrigation is not appreciable in India except for a few states as of today. In this context, the seminar is arranged to discuss various pertinent issues relating to micro-irrigation in India.
- The present status of adoption of drip method of irrigation across different states in India.
- The impact of the drip method of irrigation on water consumption and water use efficiency in different crops.
- The quantum of electricity saving and reduction in CO2 emission due to the adoption of drip irrigation in different crops.
- The productivity gains due to adoption of drip method of irrigation in different crops.
- The nexus between adoption of drip method of irrigation and groundwater use.
- Whether the investment on drip method of irrigation is economically viable or not under various scenarios; with and without subsidy as well as under different discount rates.
- The potential area available for drip method of irrigation and the potential gains from the same for India as a whole.
- Measures to increase the adoption of drip irrigation technology in India.
The registration is free of cost. Those who want to participate in the seminar are requested to send their short CV with a covering letter to the convener of the seminar (email@example.com).
The last date for receiving the full papers with abstract (250 words) is January 10, 2020.
Dr. R. Suresh
Dr. R. Manimohan