Water Management Research Centre (Stiving for Climate Smart Agriculture) is a strategic research and training Centre established at University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Mindful of the increasing importance of water resources in Pakistan and its contribution to management of dwindling water resources,the project entitled “Water Management Research and Training Program for Rural Development” was initiated by the University of Agriculture Faisalabad at Shahkot, District Shiekhupura during 1979-80 with a view to providing the needed training to the in-service staff of the On-Farm Water Management (OFWM) and Agriculture Extension services of all the four provinces of Pakistan. The project was to encompass all aspects of water management, to generate and adapt water conservation technologies. The contribution of Center for improving integrated water resources management within irrigation communities of project area was recognized and as a result Centre was promoted from a development project to non-development water organization: “Water Management Research Centre” during 1989. The Centre not only maintained its research impact on the farming community but also expanded its research collaborative activities from national to international level. Moreover, the Centre has been successful in developing a number of water conservation technologies, running a number of national and international projects and signing MOUs with the national and international water related organizations.
KEY TECHNICAL STRENGTHS
- Conducting research on waterproductivity as affected by irrigation methods andmanagement practices.
- Designing and development of water conservation technologies.
- Monitoring and evaluation of groundwater resources.
- Arranging Farmer’sday, carrying out technology transfer/outreach programs for the demonstration and dissemination of high efficiency irrigation technologies i.e. Raised Bed Technology, drip and sprinkler irrigation.
- Developing participatory approach, arranging stakeholder consultation, including education, training, and capacity building of Farmer’s Organizations (FOs) for the operation and management of feasible efficient irrigation techniques.