BIS Madurai Conducts Manak Manthan on Irrigation Equipment Standards

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Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Madurai as a part of Standards Promotion Activity conducted Manak Manthan – Discussion on Draft Indian Standard on IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT — EMITTERS (First Revision of IS 13487), at M/s Cenmark Agronomics Pvt Ltd, Madurai on 25 April 2024. The meeting was held in hybrid mode and attended by various stakeholders, Manufacturers, Industry Associations, BIS Officials from Standards Formulation Department, BIS, New Delhi and BIS Bengaluru Laboratory.

Emitters, popularly known as drippers, are devices used in drip irrigation systems to deliver water directly to the root zone of plants in form of droplets. As the adoption of drip irrigation system increased among the Indian farmers in view of subsidy under Micro Irrigation Scheme Under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), a need was felt to improvise the standard for manufacturers to produce and for users to select quality emitters. Quality emitters along with emitting pipes and irrigation lateral pipes when used in drip irrigation will help achieve water conservation by reducing evaporation and deep drainage when compared to other types of irrigation overhead sprinklers since water can be more precisely applied to the plant roots.

Shri S. D. Dayanand, Senior Director and Head, BIS, Madurai presented the welcome address and explained the program objectives. He invited the participants to give their comments on this draft Indian Standard.

An in-depth presentation on the salient features of changes in draft Indian Standard on IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT — EMITTERS was presented by Shri Shanmukha Shiva Palli, Joint Director, BIS, Bengaluru Branch Laboratory (BNBL) and Shri Vikrant Chauhan, Assistant Director, BIS, New Delhi. Their expertise guided through the intricacies of the draft standard and their practical implications.

After the presentation a detailed open house discussion was held and several queries regarding the standards were clarified. Participants were also requested to send comments and technical queries related to the Draft Indian Standard before 15th May 2024 towards improvement of the Indian Standard, so as to make the product universally acceptable and user friendly to farmers.

Smt. Hemalatha P Panicker, Joint Director, BIS, Madurai delivered the vote of thanks.


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