Proper utilisation of water in irrigated agriculture

Are we really adopting the Irrigation principles learned/taught by us in command areas of the Irrigation projects, in developing nations, like India?

Govind Bharad
Started by Govind Bharad on
23 Jul 2014 at 02:58
Consultancy , Retired from Agriculture University (May 1999) after serving as Asstt. Professor to Vice Chancellor, for period of 35 years.
Know-how: Consulting & Services, Rain Water Management, Soil Management, Research, Agriculture & Forestry, Water

Hello friends, I am new to the water network and look forward to have an active participation in the activites. I would like to start a discussion about adopting the Irrigation principles learned by us in command areas of the Irrigation projects, in developing nations, like India. Do you think we are adopting all the principle or we happen to bend the rules according to our connivence and need? 


Govind Bharad
I am very sorry to be here after some months. Mr Yogesh Agrawal has correctly narrated the ground realities. On one side, everybody in our Nation seem to be worried and expect appropriate irrigation management especially in command areas; while the ground realities are quite different. In there any way to avoid the losses and improve water use efficiency?
Ajoy Medhi
It is being followed by some of the major irrigation projects in Assam, where CAD(command area development) works are being undertaken.Currently we are in the process of incorporating CAD works in Dhansiri Irrigation Project, which is the biggest irrigation project in Assam.
Yogesh Agrawal
The development of irrigation in command areas of irrigation projects is far below satisfaction. The governments are spending money like water on irrigation dams and canals . But no money is spent of construction of water copurses to cover full command areas. result is that no irrigation project constructed after independence is able to achieve the projected goals of the project. I wonder why our policy makers politicians and bureaucrats and technocrats do not try to understand the message on the wall? The Bureau of Indian Standard does not have even a single code for design and construction of water course. Our Central water Commission do not feel that such a code is very much essential. Other factor is adoption of irrigation methods to be selected / applied for different types of the terrain. But practically only one method is being adopted by most of the farmers to fill the irrigated land with water and drain out the water in drains after say 15 days. Neither the Water Resources department nor the Agriculture department nor the policy makers of India have any priority for solution of this problem, nor they wish to hear.
Govind Bharad
Dear Jaydeo, my intention to post the question to know the reality about the irrigation in command areas rather than the construction of dams. i AGREE WITH U that the construction of most of the dams, especially the big dams is really very good, in most of the states. The situation regarding: WHEN, HOW AND HOW MUCH to irrigate seem to be far from the actual NEED; resulting in huge water losses and low OVERALL WUE.
jayden babillote
I am very positive about saying that yes people are applying the real knowledge and technology while its about construction of dams. Lets say about India, the Bhankara dam is a best example, they do have some water seeping problem but that's because of the soil foundation i guess. Otherwise the construction and the application of technology is remarkable.
Richard Vattay
I just learned somewhere that the groundwater level is decreased by some 100 meters in large part of India because of the non-regulated irrigation. Therefore restrictions are applied for ground water irrigation. Is that correct?
Govind Bharad
Yes, laws are enacted. However during good rainfall years, most of the provisions are neglected by all concerned.
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