Agriculture, with irrigation technology, accounts for 19% of the total cultivated surface and provides 40% of agricultural products consumed worldwide.
In our country, farmlands have historically been a source of livelihood and food from Pre-Hispanic times up to our days.
The largest surface of agricultural hectares producing food in Mexico is located in the area of the great desserts of the world. Therefore, in this region of the country there are arid and semi-arid climates, with high probabilities of drought
However, thanks to the rain we receive from tropical cyclones and other climate events, we can store water in the more than 5 thousand dams and the water reservoirs to supply water to different users. At present, there is a total of 7.2 million of irrigation hectares, 3.3 in 86 irrigation districts and 3.9 in over 47 thousand irrigation units, many of which have deep wells as source of supply.
This enables our country to rank 6th at a worldwide level with hydro-agricultural infrastructure for irrigation. In addition, we have 2.8 million hectares in 23 technified rainfed districts and 17.5 million hectares of rainfed.
It is worthwhile mentioning that in the past years, agriculture has faced different challenges for there has been a growing demand for food, changes in soil conditions, and effects of climate change, where this sector is precisely the most vulnerable.
Therefore, to continue strengthening the agricultural sector, President Enrique Peña Nieto has driven the construction of more irrigation and drainage technology, as well as the modernization and technification of the existing infrastructures.
In these four years CONAGUA has rehabilitated, modernized and technified in over 786 thousand hectares at the national level. With these actions, 3,900 millions of cubic meters of water have been rescued annually.
Thank to this, we have increased 20% more the productivity of water resources which at the beginning of this administration went from 1.5 kg/m3 to 1.82 kg/m3, that is to say, we produce more with less water. Moreover, we have been working in promoting a public policy on the reuse of treated water as a viable and sustainable option, closing thus the virtuous circle of integrated water management. These are only some of the actions undertaken in this administration, and that we will continue to promote in order to have modern farmlands and continue to be a source of livelihood for that Mexican families.
Nowadays, Mexico exports more agri-food products than it imports; consequently it has a surplus and ranks 12th country in world food production.
In this way, the hydro-agricultural activity is now positioned as one of the main sources of currency in Mexico, surpassing income from remittances and even from oil exports. I am personally convinced that this is an important progress for Mexico, but it is not enough. That is why this edition of the ICID Congress is a valuable opportunity that will allow us to share experiences, and learn from the good practices of your nations.
It will be a pleasure to welcome you all in Mexico City from October 8th to 14th 2017, in the frame of the 23th ICID Congress and the 68th IEC Meeting having as main theme “Modernizing Irrigation and Drainage for a new Green Revolution.”
Welcome to Mexico!
Our door are always open for you!
Mr. Roberto Ramírez de la Parra
President of MXCID