Irrigation Theory and Practice, 2/e

Irrigation Theory and Practice, 2/e

Authors : A M Michael

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About the Author

A M Michael :- Dr A M Michael, M.Tech., Ph.D. (IIT, Kharagpur), fellow of Institute of Engineering (India), Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, is an internationally acclaimed figure in the field of Water Resource Development and Management. He has worked as senior faculty in Rajasthan Agricultural University, Punjab Agricultural University and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). He also served as a Resource Scientist at University of Nairobi, UN University and Lund University and has been a visiting Professor at AIT, Bangkok. He has held important positions in various research centres, including prestigious post of Director, IARI, New Delhi and Vice Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University. For his outstanding contributions in the area of water resources development and management, he was conferred upon with a number of national awards and recognitions, including the Kidwai memorial Prize of ICAR, Dr Rajendra Prasad Puraskar of ICAR, the Engineers of the Year Award 1995, Institution of Engineers (India). Dr Michael has also served as a Consultant to several international organizations such as the World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, FAO, ICRISAT, UNDP and WAPCOS.

About the Book

This book is a comprehensive treatise on water resources development and Irrigation management. For the last 30 years the book has enjoyed the status of an encyclopedia on the subject, and in spite of the various innovations during the period, it has been in circulation because of its authoritative approach. It has now been thoroughly revised and updated, and thus, substantially enlarged.


    Utilization of Water Resources and Irrigation Development
  • Irrigation Wells
  • Water Lifts and Pumps
  • Lift Irrigation Systems and their Design
  • Measurement of Irrigation Water
  • Open Channel Distribution in Command Areas
  • Underground Pipeline System
  • Land Grading and Field Layout
  • Soil-Plant-Water Relationships
  • Water Requirement of Crops and Irrigation Management
  • Surface Methods of Water Application
  • Sprinkler Irrigation
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Salt Management in Irrigated Agriculture
  • Economic Evaluation of Irrigation Projects and Water Pricing Policy •Appendices

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of water resources utilization, command area development and efficient irrigation
  • Analysis of water resources potential and irrigation development in India against the global scenario
  • Review of the situations in select countries of Asia and Africa
  • Critical appraisal of regional problems
  • Emphasis on appropriate technology for small scale units
  • Methods showing conjunctive use of surface and ground water
  • Application of modern economic theories in project planning and evaluation
  • Case study-based design examples
  • From the basic to most advanced topics of the subject
  • Learning objectives and summary for direction and quick revision
  • Short answer and objective type questions for each chapter to test the in-depth knowledge of students and help them to prepare for various competitive examinations