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AICRP on Irrigation Water Management


The AICRP on Water Management and AICRP on Groundwater Utilization (Presently merged under AICRP on Irrigation Water Management) schemes have made significant achievements in research, extension, training and collaboration for up scaling of water management technologies. During the earlier plans, the schemes continued carrying out research and extension activities effectively as per the mandates of the schemes and produced useful research information and technologies for enhancing water use efficiency, improving water productivity, groundwater assessment and groundwater recharge. The schemes established active collaboration with other ICAR institutes, SAUs, State Govt. Departments, MoWR, NRAA, NGOs, farmer bodies and other development agencies through participatory demand driven research, technology development and dissemination approach. The strategy has been to conduct farmer participatory on-farm research in addition to experimental field and laboratory oriented studies. The schemes have been able to achieve distinction in the technology generation, dissemination, and providing trainings on topics such as water management, watershed management, groundwater recharge and enhancing water productivity through “Scaling up Water Productivity in Agriculture” by imparting trainings to farmers and trainers. It clearly indicated the growing demand of their services by different agencies in the state and the country.