Irrigation: 11 thoughts on sustainable water use in agriculture

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Irrigation: 11 thoughts on sustainable water use in agriculture

Our expert panel offers insights on how farming in developing countries could be improved through irrigation and how water resources could, in turn, be managed more effectively

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A woman waters spring onions from an irrigation canal on a field outside Bewani, Mali. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Rajendra Uprety, agriculture officer, ministry of agriculture development in Nepal, Choma, Zambia. @urajendra

If you want productivity and efficiency, put irrigation systems in the hands of farmers: Generally speaking big dam and irrigation systems in developing countries are less productive. When the control and management of such systems is not in the hand of farmers – the water users – it makes water reliability more vulnerable and less useful to farmers to intensify their cropping systems and adopt new technologies.

Richard Munang, Africa regional climate change coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya. @MTingem

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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