India has very low levels of irrigated area compared to international standards.
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This year’s World Water Week takes place in Stockholm/Sweden in late August/early September under the motto “Water for Sustainable Growth”. Our author shows what things are like in this respect in his home country of India.

Since 2001, the Sweden-based Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has been arranging the World Water Week annually to focus on aspects of the world’s escalating water crises. It aims to help link practice, science, policy and decision-making and enables participants of around 130 countries to exchange their research studies and field experiences on global water challenges. During the World Water Week, the media can critically discuss and publish the performance of the policy initiated, programmes implemented and issues identified during the previous years and present the framework to pursue the unfinished tasks to accomplish the objectives of the National Water Mission.

It is indeed apt that the SIWI has focused “Water & Sustainable Growth” as its theme during this year’s World Water Week. It is in this context that this article briefly highlights the serious issues of water for sustainable agricultural growth in India that the Government of India along with all other stakeholders should consider on the occasion of the proposed World Water Week – given that droughts and floods are annual features in one or the other part of the country.   

India’s water scenario

As a result of increasing population, rising demand for irrigating agricultural land, rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, electricity generation, impact of global warming and erratic rainfall, India’s water scenario is now fast changing.

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