News
SMEC
shares
insights
to
improve
water
delivery
and
efficiency
at
the
25th
ICID
International
Congress
Water Resources Chief Technical Principal, Mani Manivasakan will represent SMEC at the 25th International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) International Congress in India next week.

This year’s the conference will explore the theme of ‘Tackling water scarcity in agriculture’ by delving into agricultural water management and innovative irrigation technologies. The event provides an important opportunity to showcase peer-reviewed research contributions from the irrigation, drainage, and flood management community, all aligned with their commitment to advancing sustainable water management practices in agriculture.

 

Presenting his paper, Mani will share valuable insights into how to improve water delivery and efficiency, drawing on successful implementation examples from the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) in regional New South Wales, Australia. The MIA forms part of the Murray-Darling Basin and is a highly fruitful area for the region. It was first created with the aim of ensuring water resilience for inland Australia and as such covers over 350, 000 hectares across towns including Griffith and Leeton, with 190,000 hectares irrigated, supplying water to farms, industry and towns.

 

Current improvements to the MIA have been important to increase regional productivity and to offset reduced water availability, to help battle against climate trends approaching hotter and drier weather.

 

“I will explore how other water supply schemes could adopt Murrumbidgee Irrigation’s approach by strategically adding storages to improve canal operations and modernise its systems”, shares Mani.

With anticipated effects of global climate change expected to exacerbate water scarcity, the ripple effect can adversely impact farmers regarding the cultivation of crops and sustainment of livestock, thereby resulting in potential food insecurity. To manage significant water losses, Mani will outline innovative storage solutions to help address peak flow delivery concerns and provide water on demand throughout the full season.

 

Explore more about the event here: https://icid25congress.in/index.html