The first batch of engineers from the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan visited RIMES Program Unit on 26 August 2015.
The visit was part of a 2-week training course, organized by Asian Institute of Technology, on “Feasibility Studies for Irrigation Projects”. RIMES’ Chief Scientist for Climate Applications, Dr. Govindarajalu Srinivasan, is one of the course’s resource persons. The course will run two more times in the next months, accommodating more engineers and program managers from MEW Afghanistan.
The course focuses on project identification, topographic surveys, mapping, geology, hydrology, hydro-geology, agronomy, drainage, and irrigation investigations. The RIMES visit provided an overview of RIMES’ products and services, exposed participants to early warning systems, and allowed them to understand how they can directly benefit from decision-support systems, such as the agro-advisory expert system.
MEW and RIMES found the visit profoundly useful, with potential for collaboration and engagement beyond the course.
Read about the course here.