INCID and ICID jointly celebrated their 73rd Foundation Day on 24th June 2022 at the Auditorium of Library Building of CWC, R K Puram, New Delhi. As part of the celebrations, INCID and ICID organized a seminar on the topic “Role of Modern Irrigation in Global Food Security”. The invitations for the Foundation Day celebrations were extended to the State/UT Govts, Central Agencies/Departments including CGWB, UYRB, ICAR, NMCG, CWPRS Pune, NIH Roorkee, CSMRS, NWIC etc., ICID-member country Embassies and other international organizations working in the field of irrigation and drainage.
The day-long Foundation Day programme was celebrated into 3 sessions – Inaugural Session, Curtain Raiser Session for ICID 25th Congress and Presentation Session. The Inaugural Session was marked by speeches by dignitaries including Secretary General ICID, President ICID and Chairman INCID/CWC, which highlighted the background as well as the crucial role played by ICID and INCID in promoting sustainable management of water for agriculture during their 7 decades of existence.
The Curtain Raiser Programme in the second session marked the official launch of the run-up to the 25th Congress and 75th IEC (proposed to be held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh during 6-13th Nov, 2023). Sh. Kushvinder Vohra, Member (WP&P, CWC) and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 25th ICID Congress appraised the audience about the background, initiatives and the recent developments pertaining to INCID. Sh. K Y Reddy, Hon’ble Vice President (ICID) and Dean, ANGRA University, Guntur, AP presented the status of the preparation for the upcoming ICID event in India. The official Website of the 25th Congress along with Event Logo and the First Announcement were also released during the session. The Messages (on 25th Congress) from Hon’ble Minister of Jal Shakti, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Secretary, DoWR&GR were also displayed.The First Announcement/ Brochure for the 25th Congress may be accessed here.
The final session saw engaging presentations and fruitful discussion on the seminar theme “Role of Modern Irrigation in Global Food Security” by organizing including World Bank, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Solar Alliance (ISA), Electro Steel Castings Limited etc.