President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is on working visit to Republic of Uzbekistan

     On March 17, 2024, meeting was held at the Ministry of Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan with Marco Arcieri, President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).

     Minister of Water Resources Shavkat Khamrayev, who is also Honorary Vice-President of the ICID, warmly welcomed the high-level guest during his visit to our country and noted that his first visit to Uzbekistan as President of the ICID is a good opportunity to exchange ideas on large-scale issues of mutual cooperation in the field water management, irrigation and food security.

     In his turn, Dr. Marco Arcieri noted that this is his first official visit as President of the ICID to Central Asia and he has big plans and new ideas, intends to take cooperation of the ICID with Uzbekistan to a new and productive level.

     “Before coming here, I got acquainted with information about work and achievements in Uzbekistan addressing to efficient use of water, modernization of irrigation networks, updating of pumping stations, and introduction of modern technologies. It is especially commendable that Uzbekistan is a leader among countries of the region in introducing water-saving technologies,” said Marco Arcieri.

     The meeting was also attended by Vice-President of ICID, Head of Agency of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea Vadim Sokolov, who presented activites done within the framework of Strategy for development of water resources management and irrigation sector in the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2021-2023. In particular, the results achieved in such areas as saving water and electricity, digitalization, and public-private partnership were mentioned.

     It was said that, on initiative of the Head of our state, 2024 was declared: “The Year of Lining Canals,” within framework of which work is underway to concrete 1.5 thousand km of large canals and 10 thousand km of small (on-farm) canals.

     Marco Arcieri got acquainted with laboratories of the Research Institute on Irrigation and Water Problems under the Ministry of Water Resources, scientific research conducted and conditions created for young scientists, also visited experimental site on drip irrigation, as well as observed the activities of the “Water Saving School”, created with support from the “Agrobank” of Uzbekistan.

     International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage is the leading scientific, technical and professional non-profit international organization working in the fields of irrigation, drainage and flood management to promote and achieve sustainable management of water resources in agriculture around the Globe. ICID was founded on June 24, 1950 and today includes about 100 countries, which together cover more than 90% of the world’s irrigated areas.

     “Achieving higher crop productivity with less water and energy input” is the most cherished goal of the ICID Vision 2030.

     The Republic of Uzbekistan has been a member of the ICID since 1993. The National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage of the Republic of Uzbekistan under the Ministry of Water Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan interacts with the ICID and coordinates activities in our country.

     The first representative of Uzbekistan as Vice-President of the ICID was Academician Alexander Askochinsky in the 1960s, who did a lot to create a modern irrigation system throughout Central Asia. In independent Uzbekistan, this honor was awarded to Professor Viktor Dukhovny in 2003. In 2019, Minister of Water Resources of Uzbekistan Shavkat Khamraev was elected as Vice-President of the ICID for a period of 3 years. He is currently the Honorary Vice-President of the ICID. Head of the Agency of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, Vadim Sokolov, was elected as Vice-President of the ICID in November 2023 for a term of next three years.

     The purpose of visit of President of the ICID Marco Arcieri to Uzbekistan is to participate in a series of training seminars on topic “Guidelines for Farmers on Managing Soil and Water Resources in Saline Areas”, developed within framework of the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) Global Framework Program for overcoming water scarcity in agriculture farming (WASAG). Seminars will be held in Karshi, Nukus and Chimbay during the period March 19-21, 2024.




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