25th Congress of ICID

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The ICID Congress is the flagship triennial event aimed to deliberate and develop solutions for the concurrent global issues in the sector. On account of the initiatives taken by INCID and support from Andhra Pradesh Govt, the ICID international Congress has returned to India after a gap of about 6 decades.

The 25th Congress of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) and the 75th International Executive Council (IEC) Meeting of ICID are scheduled to be held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (India) during 2-8 November 2023 under the aegis of Indian National Committee on Irrigation & Drainage (INCID), with the active support of CWC, Govt of Andhra Pradesh, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Guntur (AP) and ICID.

The approval for holding the 25th Congress and 75th IEC at Vizag in November 2023 was accorded in 72nd IEC Meeting and 5th African Regional Conference, Marrakech, Morocco 2021.

The Congress and other events at Vizag are expected to have around 1200+ participants from all around the globe.

In this regard, Sh. Kushvinder Vohra, Member (WP&P), CWC and Sh. Rishi Srivastava, Director (Remote Sensing), CWC from INCID and Dr. K. Yella Reddy, Hon. Vice President ICID and Dean, ANGRA University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh visited Vishakhapatnam during 8-10 March, 2022 to see / assess the facilities available at various venues in Vizag to manage different events i.e. Congress, 7-8 parallel IEC meetings, 3-4 permanent committees meetings in parallel, 3-4 Working Groups meetings in parallel, office space, and exhibition space etc. and also to discuss the other modalities with A.P. Govt. officers. Based on the assessment of the available venues/facilities, the Radisson Blue Resort has been shortlisted as the event for the venue. The Visit report may be accessed here.

Organizing Committee for 25th ICID Congress

An Organizing Committee was constituted in April, 2022 to oversee the planning & management of the various aspects related to the organization of the 25th Congress and the 75th International Executive Council (IEC) Meeting of ICID. The Organizing Committee is also mandated to take care of the Financial Planning and Management of the event to ensure smooth conduct of the event.

Keeping in view the above, the then Ministry of Works, Mines and Power, Government of India vide letter No.DW.2156/48 dated 27 May 1948,with the approval from the Priorities Committee of the Cabinet, sanctioned the proposal to establish an International Commission on Irrigation and Canals (ICIC) with its headquarters in India and nominated the Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) to take the initiative further, negotiate with various countries having experience in irrigation and act as the National Committee for India.This was followed up by the Central Board of Irrigation and Power. Accordingly, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs invited 47 countries through diplomatic channels to join the proposed ICIC.

The first meeting of the Organizing Committee was held online in two parts due to office exigencies, on 28th April 2022 and 10th May 2022. Detailed deliberation were held on various aspects related to venue finalization for the events, the preparation of the detailed schedule, Theme (Questions) of the event, second visit to Vizag and organization of the INCID Curtain Raiser event during the ICID and INCID Foundation day on 24th June 2022. The Committee

deliberated upon the need for brainstorming at appropriate levels in CWC in conjunction with the ICID officials for the finalization of the Theme, Questions, and Sub-Questions for the 25th Congress. The scope of involving the expertise of WAPCOS for the professional management of the event was discussed with the representative from WAPCOS. Other preparatory works including the creation of INCID Website, INCID Logo and the next visit to Vizag to pencil-book the venue and identify & finalize other logistics were also discussed by the Committee.

Theme & sub-questions for the 25th ICID Congress

The Theme for the ICID Congress is finalised by the host National Committee in coordination with ICID. The ICID Congress, with the aim to deliberate and develop solutions for the concurrent global issues in the field of irrigation drainage, entails the presentation of technical papers and posters by researchers, technical professionals, academia etc. as an attempt to find answers to two thematic Questions. Each thematic question will have 3 sub-questions, totalling to 6 sub-questions for the Congress.

The details of these Questions (Question 64 & 65) and the tentative topics for the Seminar and Symposium for the 25th ICID Congress are as under:

Theme for the 25th ICID Congress Tackling Water Scarcity in Agriculture

What alternative water resources could be tapped for irrigated agriculture?

Developing and Reinforcing conventional sources of irrigation water.

  • Increasing the reliability of water supply in irrigation systems (including storages, long distance water transfer, etc),
  • Rainwater harvesting and management, including rainwater conservation and on-farm storage,
  • Supplementing with sub-surface water through groundwater replenishment and recharge and conjunctive use with surface water

Tapping non-conventional sources of water

  • Wastewater (treated and semi-treated domestic and industrial wastewater) in Irrigation with Good Agricultural Practices,
  • Managing saline and alkaline water for higher productivity

Empowerment of farmers

  • Enabling participation through legal instruments – Co-operatives, Water User Associations
  • Agriculture Extension Services for irrigation water management
  • Capacity development through Information Education and Communication
  • Water budgeting by farmers

Which Technological and Management interventions can increase water productivity?

Improving management of existing facilities.

  • A closer lookintotheconcepts of Water Productivity and Irrigation Efficiency
  • Using real time forecasts on soil moisture, and Extended Hydrological prediction
  • Reducing water flows to sinks - irrecoverable deep percolation and surface runoff - and reusing return flows,
  • Efficient distribution of available water with minimum losses, including PPP in this area.

Improved Agronomic practices and Research / Innovation

  • Timely application of irrigation water
  • Controlling non-beneficial evaporation
  • Minimizing salinization of return flows
  • Closer look at appropriate regional cropping pattern, specially considering the appropriateness of virtual water transfer involved

Efficient application of irrigation water

  • Reducing non-returnable losses of irrigation
  • Pressurised irrigation through piped conveyance systems at farm levels
  • Using technologies such as SCADA, sensor technology, and precision application

Topic for Seminar

Sustainable solutions to Water Sector Challenges in India

Topic for Symposium

Pathways and Technologies for Modern Irrigation Systems

First Announcement for the 25th ICID Congress

During the 73rd Foundation day celebrations of ICID and INCID held on 24th June 2022, aCurtain Raiser Programme was organized which marked the official launch of the run-up to the 25th Congress and 75th IEC of ICID.

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 ICID 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.

Current Status of Preparations

A team of Officials from CWC, INCID, WAPCOS, ICID, State Govt of Andhra Pradesh and Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (Guntur), Andhra Pradesh visited Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from 9th to 11th August 2022 for discussions regarding programme, modalities, venue, facilities, logistics, and other details, along with the visit to the nearby places/irrigation structures from the point of view of study tour etc. for the delegates during/after the event.The Radisson Blue Resorthas been finalised as the venue for the 25th ICID Congress & 75th IEC meeting

As an outcome of the discussions held during the visit, the following activities are under progress:
  • Preparation of the day-wise tentative Programme for the 25th ICID Congress & 75th IEC - by ICID Central Office
  • Preparation of the venue-wise Layout – by WAPCOS in coordination with INCID and ICID
  • Preparation of the Tourism Packages

Contents to be added in 25th ICID Congress in India Section

Event Highlights

1st November 2023 Registration
2nd November 2023
  • 25th Congress Opening Ceremony
  • ND Gulhati Memorial Lecture
  • Congress Sessions
  • International Workshops,
  • Side Events (IWMI-WRC, INCID & IndiaNPIM)
  • Minister's CEO Conclave,
  • Cultural Program & Conference Dinner
  • 3rd November 2023
  • Congress Sessions
  • International Workshops,
  • Side Events (FAO-WASAG, FAO, MSSRF-Norway, INCID- Women & Water, INCID & IWRS, IWMI-India)
  • Vizag local tours (for accompanying persons)
  • Welcome Reception by Australian National Committee
  • 4th November 2023
  • IEC Plenary Session
  • INCID Congress Special Session
  • International Symposium,
  • 25th ICID Congress Wrap-up
  • Vizag local tours (for accompanying persons)
  • 5th November 2023
  • ICID Working Group Meetings
  • Young Professional Training Programme
  • Technical / Excursion Tours
  • ICID PFC Meeting
  • 6th November 2023
  • ICID Working Group Meetings,
  • ICID PCSO Meeting
  • Welcome Reception by Malaysian National Committee
  • 7th November 2023
  • ICID PCTA Meeting
  • 8th November 2023
  • IEC Meeting & Closing Ceremony
  • List of General Reporters & Panel Experts

    Congress theme: Tackling Water Scarcity in Agriculture

    Congress Q. Q.64 What Alternative Water Resources could be Tapped for Irrigated Agriculture?
    General Reporter
  • Dr. Amgad Elmahdi (FAO): Chair
  • Mr A K Kharya (India), Co-Chair
  • Q.64.1 Developing and Reinforcing Conventional Sources of Irrigation Water
    Panel Expert
  • Mr. Waleed Hassan (FAO) : Chair
  • Mr. D S Chaskar (India), Co-Chair
  • Q.64.2 Tapping Non-Conventional Sources of Water
    Panel Expert
  • Dr. Wenyong, Wu (China), Chair
  • Dr. Sudhir Kumar (India), Co-Chair
  • Q.64.3 Empowerment of Farmers
    Panel Expert
  • Dr. Keigo Noda (Japan), Chair
  • Mr Anuj Kanwal (India), Co-Chair
  • Congress Q.65 What On-Farm Techniques can Increase Water Productivity?
    General Reporter
  • Dr. A.K. Randev (India), Chair
  • Mr Ashok Dalwai (India), Co-Chair
  • Q.65.1 Improving Management of Existing Facilities
    Panel Expert
  • Ms. Mona Liza Delos Reyes (Philippines) : Chair
  • Mr S K Sibal (India), Co-Chair
  • Q.65.2 Improved Agronomic Practices and Research / Innovation
    Panel Expert
  • Mr. Vivek Kapadia (India): Chair
  • Mr Ravi Bhushan Kumar (India), Co-Chair
  • Q.65.3 Efficient Application of Irrigation Water
    Panel Expert
  • Vice President Rafat Nael (Iraq): Chair
  • Mr. Navin Kumar (India), Co-Chair
  • International Symposium
  • Pathways and Technologies for Modern Irrigation Services
  • Prof. Dr. Ragab Ragab (UK), President, ICID: Chair
  • Dr M K Sinha (India), Co-Chair
  • VPH Ian Makin (UK), Coordinator
  • Er. B.A. Chivate, Director (Technical), ICID CO
  • INCID Congress Special Session
  • Sustainable Solutions to Water Sector Challenges in India
  • Mr Kushvinder Vohra, Chairman CWC/INCID: Chair
  • Mr. G Asok Kumar, Director General, NMCG (tbc): Co- Chair
  • Keynote Speakers

    1. Shri Kushvinder Vohra, Chairman, CWC/INCID and Vice President ICID
    2. Ms. Yasmin Siddiqi, Director, Agriculture, Food, Nature, and Rural Development (AFNRD), Asian Development Bank
    3. Dr. Qu Dongyu, Director-General, FAO Land and Water Division
    4. Dr Mark Smith, DG, IWMI
    5. Ms. Amal Talbi-Jordan, Global Lead Water in Agriculture, World Bank


    The ICID Congress on Irrigation and Drainage is a major global event aimed at finding answers & solutions to various contemporary situations faced by the world. It is bound to benefit all spheres of professionals and researchers engaged in the field of irrigation and drainage.

    Generous support, via sponsorship arrangement is expected from various Governments, Departments, Organisations, Private Players, International Bodies etc. to make this event a success. Sponsorship arrangement will give an opportunity to act as Partners for hosting this historical event

    Category Sponsorship charges Terms & conditions
    Platinum Sponsor INR 15,00,000
  • Free registration for six delegates (3 days of the Congress, 2-4th Nov 2023)
  • Organisation/Company name and logo on conference web site Page (linked to the Organisation/company website)/ promotion materials like proceedings volume, banner/signage, stationery items etc.
  • Distribution of Literature/ Brochures
  • Gold Sponsor INR 10,00,000
  • Free registration for four delegates (3 days of the Congress, 2-4th Nov 2023)
  • Organisation/Company name and logo on conference web site Page (linked to the Organisation/company website)/ promotion materials like proceedings volume, banner/signage, stationery items etc.
  • Distribution of Literature/Brochures
  • Silver Sponsor INR 5,00,000
  • Free registration for two delegates (3 days of the Congress, 2-4th Nov 2023)
  • Organisation/Company name and logo on conference web site Page (linked to the Organisation/company website)/ promotion materials like proceedings volume, banner/signage, stationery items etc.
  • ICID Awards

    ICID Awards 2023 to be distributed during the IEC Plenary Session on 4th November 2023.

    Best Performing National Committee Awards (BPNCA) Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID)
    Best Paper Award Winners 2023: "The development of a hybrid model to forecast paddy water temperature as an alert system for high-temperature damage" by Wenpeng Xie, Masaomi Kimura, Yohei Asada, Toshiaki Iida, Naritaka Kubo. Published in Volume 71 Issue S1 (2022) of Irrigation and Drainage - the Journal of ICID.
    WatSave Awards: Italian National Committee (Technology Category)


    1.Baini Weirs (China) 2.Hongze Lake Irrigation System (China)
    3. Huoquan Spring Irrigation System (China) 4. Qimenyan Irrigation System (China)
    5. Balidiha Irrigation Project (India) 6.Jayamangal Anicut (India)
    7. Prakasam Barrage (Old Krishna Anicut) (India) 8. Srivaikuntam Anicut (India)
    9. Notog Weir (Indonesia) 10. The Kepajaran Main Intake (Indonesia)
    11. The Talang Barrage / Dam (Indonesia) 12. The old regulator Al-Hussainya (Iraq)
    13. Takebe Weir (Japan) 14. Yamagata-goseki Irrigation System (Japan)
    15. Honjukuyousui Irrigation Canal (Japan) 16. Kitayama Irrigation System-Canal (Japan)
    17. Damnoen Saduak Canal (Thailand) 18. Bang Nok Khwaek Lock (Thailand)
    19. Şamran Canal (Turkey)

    Technical Tours / Excursion Visits

    Destinations include Borra Caves, Araku Valley and Thatipudi Reservoir, scheduled on 5th November 2023.

    City tour Destinations:

    Kambalakonda Eco-Park, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Simhachalam Temple, Rushikonda Beach, Victory at Sea Memorial, Aircraft & Submarine Museum, Rama Krishna Beach, Kailasagiri Hill Park

    For more details: