The second meeting of 7th Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management (ICAR-IIWM), Bhubaneswar was held on 13th and 14th February 2017 under the chairmanship of Dr. T.K. Sarkar, Former Project Director, Water Technology Centre, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi in the Committee Room of ICAR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar. The other eminent members of the RAC present were, Dr. A.K. Misra, Former Head, ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, Dr. P.K. Mahapatra, Former Dean, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, Asst. Director General, S&WM, ICAR,New Delhi and Dr. S.K. Ambast, Director, ICAR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar.
Dr. T.K. Sarkar, Chairman, RAC in his opening remarks, expressed satisfaction about his interaction with the scientists during his visit at the research farm of the Institute on 12.02.2017 and appreciated the efforts of scientists of ICAR-IIWM. At the beginning of the programme Dr. S.K. Ambast, Director, ICAR-IIWM, after welcome address presented the research accomplishments of the Institute. The action taken report was presented by Dr. S. Roy Chowdhury, Principal Scientist and Member Secretary, RAC.
Dr. S.K. Chaudhari, ADG (S&WM), asserted that regrouping of research programmes would result in better scientific output and future research needs. Director has explained the objectives for reorientation of the programmes for facilitating the formation of divisions and for better integration of existing research work. Dr. A.K. Misra suggested to consider a broader names for nomenclature of the new programmes. Dr. P.K. Mahapatra suggested to prefer sprinkler irrigation in comparison to drip irrigation in rabi rice when availability of water is adequate. The RAC members suggested that more detailed characterization of the polymers while application of super absorbent polymers for growing crops in field.
While going through progress of work under AICRP on Irrigation Water Management ADG suggested to take utmost care while conducting research studies on organic fertigation and to integrate the research areas under different programmes of the Institute with the themes of AICRP-IWM. Members expressed satisfaction about features embedded in web based expert system which is under process of development as well as the use of Agricultural water management portal by different AICRP centers across the country.