19 November 2018

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EIMA exposes the most innovative agri machinery in Italy
14 Nov, 2018
EIMA International 2018 was held from 7-11 November 2018 in Bologna, Italy. The event showcased various products from the Agriculture and Forestry industry, which included Agriculture Processing Machinery, Crop Cleaning, Grading, Chemical Fertilizing and Spraying Equipment, Weighing and Harvesting Machinery, Industrial Feed Stuff Production, Grain Processing Machinery, Irrigation Systems and Equipment etc.

9 robots that are invading the agriculture industry
13 Nov, 2018
The world population is expected to hit a whopping number of 9 billion by 2050. What is expected to follow is a dramatic rise in agricultural production, doubling to meet the coming demand. This need has caused farmers to turn to robotics as a solution for the coming future. From nursery planting to shepherding and herding, here are some of the robots already in agriculture.

Nigeria to become world’s second largest rice importer in 2019: US agriculture agency
15 Nov, 2018
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that Nigeria is likely to become the world second largest rice importer in 2019. Revealing this in its latest Rice Outlook released, the US agriculture agency, however, said China will emerge as the world’s largest. The report read, “On an annual basis, consumption and residual use is projected higher in 2018/19 in Angola, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.



Climate change is making hurricanes even more destructive, research finds
14 Nov, 2018
Climate change worsened the most destructive hurricanes of recent years, including Katrina, Irma and Maria, by intensifying rainfall by as much as 10%, new research has found. The research, published in the journal Nature, used climate models to see how factors such as air and ocean temperatures have influenced hurricanes.

Green Court directs states to help farmers prevent stubble burning: India
30 Oct, 2018
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) said that Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh governments need to take urgent measures to assist farmers to prevent crop residue burning in their states which spikes pollution levels. The tribunal said that the crop residue burning causes air pollution and industries should help the farmers by way of corporate social responsibility. An NGT bench asked the state governments to enforce the directions of the tribunal including providing machinery to poor and marginal farmers.

Tree planting in UK 'must double to tackle climate change'
15 Nov, 2018
Tree planting must double by 2020 as part of radical changes to land use in the UK, according to the government’s advisers on climate change. New forests would lock up carbon but also help to limit the more frequent floods expected with global warming. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said land currently used to produce food would need to be converted to woodland, growing crops to produce energy and for new homes to accommodate the growing population.



BOM forecast wet start to summer for NSW, but not drought-breaking
15 Nov, 2018
There is some good news for New South Wales farmers struggling with drought — the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting a wet start to summer. In its latest climate outlook, the BOM said it was expecting December to be wetter than average. The BOM is predicting a 65 percent chance of above average rainfall next month but it may not be received by all.

India's sugar output may fall 7.4% due to drought in key growing areas
8 Nov, 2018
India is likely to produce 7.4 percent less sugar than forecast earlier as mills are reporting a sharp drop in sugarcane yields due to a drought and white grub infestations in key growing areas. The drop will reduce exports from the world's second-biggest sugar producer and likely help support global prices that have fallen 17 percent so far in 2018.



Lack of planning puts Jordan at greater risk from flooding
15 Nov, 2018
Torrential rains and flash floods in Jordan that killed 34 citizens, injured hundreds and stranded thousands have shown the kingdom's infrastructure to be unprepared for severe weather that experts say will become more common. Officials deployed rescue teams, divers and helicopters to rescue more than 1,000 people caught in the flash floods that claimed 13 lived last Friday, less than two weeks after sudden flooding killed 21 in the Dead Sea area.



ICBA, IFAD team up to boost food security in developing countries
13 Nov, 2018
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, joined forces to work towards agricultural development and food security in developing countries, contributing to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores
14 Nov, 2018
The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up maybe salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected to begin selling.



80% drip irrigation aid for farmers: India
10 Nov, 2018
The Gosikhurd National Irrigation Project will require around two more years to maximise its irrigation potential of 2.47 lakh hectares in Bhandara, Nagpur and Chandrapur districts of the Vidarbha region in Maharashtra state. The state agriculture department will provide 80% subsidy to farmers from Marathwada and Vidarbha to set up drip irrigation on agriculture land. The department officials said that the move will not only help in watering crops but also save crops like cotton, soybean and grams grown mainly in these regions. (2.47 lakh = 247,000 hectares)



World Bank proposes $400m aid to develop water board
10 Nov, 2018
The World Bank (WB) has proposed $400 million aid to the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board for developing water and sewerage services in Karachi. However, the Sindh government has approved in standard and determined to go move forward with the arrangement. According to the sources, the World Bank delegation provided detailed information to the minister about projects for revamping recent lines that are in use by the water and sewerage system of Karachi.

Graphene Leaders Canada launches graphene-enhanced water treatment technology
15 Nov, 2018
Graphene Leaders Canada has launched its GLC+ Water Technologies Platform, which according to the Company "offers a solution to water pollution and remediation and is based on years of expertise in graphene solutions work with a keen focus in water filtration".



9th International Micro Irrigation Conference (9IMIC), 16-18 January 2019, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India on the theme: Micro Irrigation in Modern Agriculture.

International Dam Safety Conference 2019, 13-14 February 2019, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India 

5th African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID), 16-19 March 2020, Rabat, Morocco 
on the theme: Sustainable Management of Irrigation for Improved Resilience of Agriculture in Africa.

Water for Food Global Conference 2019,  29-30 April 2019, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
on the theme: Water for a Hungry World: Innovation in Water and Food Security.

3rd World Irrigation Forum (WIF3) and 70th International Executive Council Meeting, 1-7
September 2019, Bali, Indonesia on the theme: Development for water, food and nutrition security in a competitive environment.



The study on ''Water Productivity Mapping of Major Indian Crops'' presents for the first time, maps on the water productivity of ten major Indian crops across cultivating districts and states. It builds on the expectation that if key decisions regarding irrigation, cropping patterns, input pricing, and incentive structures are predicated on water productivity of crops, it would ensure that water in agriculture is distributed more widely, water-use efficiency is enhanced, and Indian agriculture becomes more sustainable and productive in the long run. Thus, the study seeks to inform targeted policies and investment interventions for meeting the twin objectives of "har khet ko pani" (water to every field) and "more crop per drop." The report will encourage policy makers to take note of and trigger an effective response to the looming water crisis faced by the agriculture sector in India. The book has been released as an Open Access and may be downloaded @

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

The new online service introduced by ICID is developed to help various stakeholders in locating required business information with 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. The online service is FREE and can be availed by any service provider by submitting the required information on the ICID website <>. To view this new service, please visit
ABOUT ICID:  International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), established in 1950 is a scientific, technical, not-for-profit non-governmental international organization with the mission to work towards sustainable agriculture water management via inter-disciplinary approaches in the field of irrigation, drainage and flood management.


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