27 November 2017

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Russian grains exports to Sudan will reach 1 million mt: Putin
24 Nov, 2017
Russia will significantly increase its grains exports to Sudan, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during negotiations between the government and Sudan's President Omar Bashir, according to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. At the moment the main commodity exported to Sudan from Russia is wheat. The countries plan to increase wheat exports, as well as those of corn and barley.

Turkey farmers facing squeeze after Trump kills agriculture rules
22 Nov, 2017
A USDA decision is giving significant power to the multibillion-dollar meat industry, potentially crushing the smaller turkey farmers. Meanwhile, turkey farmers have fewer and fewer choices about where to sell their birds. Contract farmers account for 69 percent of turkey production, according to the USDA.

46 tribal farmers to be trained at agriculture research centres: India
26 Nov, 2017
Mahabubabad, Telangana: To give first-hand information and training about state-of-art technologies in agriculture being practiced across the globe, the Mahabubad district administration is sending about 46 tribal farmers to different agriculture research institutes and universities across the country. This initiative has been taken up with the aim of acquainting farmers with improved farming techniques.

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Arctic climate change being felt farther south, scientists say
20 Nov, 2017
An international summary of five year's worth of research on Arctic climate change concludes the top of the world is getting warmer faster than anyone thought. The report completed for the Arctic Council, the group of eight countries that ring the North Pole, was released last week. It represents the work of 90 scientists from around the world and summarizes the most recent research from 2010 to 2016.

Climate change models of bird impacts pass the test: Study
22 Nov, 2017
A major study looking at changes in where UK birds have been found over the past 40 years has validated the latest climate change models being used to forecast impacts on birds and other animals.

Dust storm in West Asia main trigger for Delhi smog crisis
27 Nov, 2017
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) under the Ministry of Earth Sciences published a ‘Scientific Assessment of Delhi Winter Air Quality Crisis’ for the period November 6-16, which listed two “Extreme” events behind the smog that had smothered Delhi and its neighbourhood. “Extreme 1”, the SAFAR report said, was a “large multi-day dust storm that emerged at Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in the last week of October 2017 and continued up to November 3-4”.

2 weather stations soon to monitor climate change in Uttarakhand: India
26 Nov, 2017
Dehradun: The watershed management directorate of forest department which is implementing a Rs. 1020 crore World Bank project to facilitate rejuvenation of water sources, watershed treatment and supporting local livelihood mainly agriculture in eight districts of the state is going to set up weather stations in Almora and Vikasnagar to update locals about fluctuations in climate change such as changing pattern of rainfall.

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Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought
21 Nov, 2017
Madrid: Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops — and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent. The national weather office says 94 percent of Portugal is enduring what it classifies as an “extreme” drought.

Drought expands along Arizona-New Mexico border
24 Nov, 2017
Drought is expanding its grip on New Mexico and parts of the Southwest due to a stretch of warm, dry weather. While the state's most populous area is still far from setting any dryness records, many parts of New Mexico are seeing unseasonably warm temperatures that are helping to dry out soils and exacerbate the problem.

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Flash floods cause scare, destroy property in Narok Town: Kenya
26 Nov, 2017
Property valued at millions of shillings was destroyed on Saturday evening as floods swept through Narok Town. Several traders lost property after the flash floods swept through a market near the main bus stage and heavy rains pounded the region.

Skagit River causes major flooding from highest flow in 11 years
25 Nov, 2017
Some residents in the town of Lyman fear they may lose their homes, several days after the Skagit River reached its highest level in 11 years. A shed sitting on top of a cliff by the Skagit River collapsed Friday evening. That specific area experienced up to 200 feet of erosion since Wednesday, Lyman Mayor Eddie Hills said.

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IITA assembles world-class scientists to tackle food security issues in Africa
24  Nov, 2017
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, on Friday assembled world-class scientists to proffer solutions to the challenges facing food security and nutrition in Africa. The theme of the programme was “Towards Food and Nutrition Security for the Next Half Century: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies’ and was part of the activities to mark the IITA’s 50th anniversary.

WTO: India resolute on food security
At the upcoming meeting of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) highest decision-making body, India will not agree to severe restrictions on its right to give price subsidies to farmers through the Minimum Support Price (MSP) to procure grains from them for food security purposes, according to highly-placed official sources. 
The WTO’s Ministerial Conference is slated to take place at Buenos Aires in Argentina next month.

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As rains grow erratic, Pakistan taps irrigation to protect Punjab crops
25 Nov, 2017
Things are now looking more promising for about 384,000 people living in the Pind Dadan Khan-Khushab area after the government on Friday announced plans to build an irrigation system for the area. The effort is expected to convert 68,000 hectares of minimally productive farmland to full production, using water from the Jhelum River. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday approved a $275 million loan for the project, which is supported by the Indus River System Authority (IRSA), a government agency that oversees water sharing between provinces.

Old irrigation projects to be revived in Odisha: India
23 Nov, 2017
Bhubaneswar: The State Cabinet has approved 11 proposals including one for the revival of old irrigation projects, enhancement of compensation for the families of those killed by wild animals and reduction of VAT on natural gas for domestic and industrial purposes. The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

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Provinces urged to protect river basin in Vietnam
26 Nov, 2017
Speaking at the 11th meeting of Dong Nai River’s Environmental Protection Committee held in HCM City on November 24, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment has asked authorities in Ho Chi Minh City and 10 provinces to develop a master plan on effective management of water resources and environmental protection in the Dong Nai River basin.

Centre wants to transfer surplus water from Godavari river to Cauvery: India
24 Nov, 2017
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the Centre has decided to transfer surplus water from Andhra’s Godavari river to the Cauvery, which flows through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, a news agency reported. 
He said that the Ministry of Water Resources was working on two-river linking projects to help parched states. The Centre has taken up interlinking of rivers in “right earnest”, Gadkari added.


Drainage and Flood Control Summit, 26 - 27 November 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

8th Asian Regional Conference, 2-4 May 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal, on the theme “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution”

69th IEC & Regional Conference, 12–17 August 2018, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, on the theme: Innovative and Sustainable Agri-water Management: Adapting to a Variable and Changing Climate.

Global Water Security for Agriculture and Natural Resources (GWSAN): An ASABE Global Initiative Conference, Hyderabad, India, 3-6 October 2018.


Water Saving in Irrigated Agriculture in Egypt: Case Studies and Lessons Learned, November 2017
The Egyptian National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID) has launched a new book titled 'Water Saving in Irrigated Agriculture in Egypt: Case Studies and Lessons Learned.' The publication is a compilation of successful water saving innovation ideas at the farm level and is a rich source of reference work for all the professionals engaged in agricultural water management aspirating for "More and more crop per drop." For more info, kindly write to


 Directory on Irrigation and Drainage - Products and Services (Yellow Pages)

This new online service introduced by ICID is developed to help various stakeholders in locating required business information through a few clicks. The online directory enlists all the services and products being provided by consultants, manufacturing companies, dealers, and other professional institutions dealing in irrigation, drainage and flood management. This online service is totally FREE and can be availed of by any service provider by submitting the required information on ICID website <>. To view this new service, please visit

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