Excessive irrigation application is the norm on Pakistani farms, which reduces crop water productivity and exacerbates waterlogging and salinity, thus challenges food security in the country. Suboptimal irrigation scheduling is considered to be one of the main reasons of excessive irrigation water losses on farms. Addressing these issues a two days (March 4-5th, 2015) training workshop was organized by Climate Change, Alternate Energy and Water Resources Institute (CAEWRI), with support of Pak-China project, to share the knowledge and to demonstrate the technology of soil moisture monitoring for improving the understanding of optimized irrigation scheduling.
While inaugurating the training workshop, the Chief Guest Dr. Abdul Ghafoor PD, Pak China project, highlighted the importance of water resources management in Pakistan. The Director CAEWRI, Dr Muhammad Munir Ahmad overviewed the current status of water resources and stressed the need for efficient water management to save water and energy. The training coordinator, Dr Ghani Akbar elaborated the importance of irrigation scheduling and stressed the need for adopting optimised irrigation management strategies on farms using ICT tools and techniques for improving water productivity and enhancing food security in the country. The resource persons Mr Abdul Ghafoor mangrio (PSO-CAEWRI), Dr Shahid Maqsood Gill (PSO-LRRI) and Mr Asaf Ali Bhatti also delivered lectures and conducted field practicals during the training sessions.
A diverse group of scientists/researchers, research fellows and scientific assistants from different research institutes of NARC, LRRI, CSI, DPEP, Oil seed program , FOS attended the training workshop. The training workshop was comprised of presentations on crop water requirement, soil moisture measurement methods and irrigation scheduling. The trainees also got training on hands of various sophisticated soil moisture measurement equipment including Diviner 2000, TDR, Tensiometers and porous blocks.
DR Ghani Akbar