Mexico is a country with unique hydrometeorological conditions. Our territory is part of the large desert strip, which makes us prone to severe droughts in three fourths of the country, whilst at the same time we are exposed to the impact of tropical cyclones and other phenomena that on the one hand makes us vulnerable to flooding and on the other one it give us much of the water we use.
Which is why we have built a hydraulic tradition of more than 500 years of history that started at the pre-Hispanic era with the construction of the levee of Nezahualcoyotl and which continues to this day, where climate change has brought new water challenges.
On irrigation, it was particularly at the dawn of last century when a major agricultural revolution was driven through the construction of modern infrastructure to enable administer, manage and harness water more efficiently and productively.
Because of this joint effort of all levels of government, and the hydro-agricultural users, Mexico ranks sixth among countries with the largest arable land. We count on 22 million productive hectares, nearly half of which feature seasonal and technological advanced irrigation infrastructure.
During the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, a further boost to the construction of more infrastructure of this nature has been triggered, as well as to the conservation, modernization and technification of the existing one.
Only in the last 3 years, we have benefited more than one million irrigated hectares, which has enabled us to consolidate significant successful cases such as the Irrigation District 001 Arteaga Pavilion in Aguascalientes that now controls water with top-notch technology, from the source until it arrives at the plant supplying the precise volume required according to the type of crop, achieving 98% of water productivity efficiency.
And we will continue driving this type of infrastructure works, through subsidised programmes, joining forces with local users and governments. These actions are being reinforced with the implementation of measures in order to move from reactive schemes in the face of hydrometeorological contingencies to risks prevention and mitigation strategies.
In this regard, the creation of a new approach in dam management by reconciling the productive demand with drought prevention to ensure the supply for all uses up to two years, even without rainfall, stands out.
These are just some of the actions undertaken in our country and we would like share them with you while we learn from your experiences.
Thus, It will be in our great pleasure to welcome you all in Mexico City in October 2017, hosting the 23rd ICID Congress and 68th IEC on the theme: "Modernising Irrigation and Drainage for a new Green Revolution."
We are confident that as in the 7th edition of the Congress held in Mexico in 1969, the work to be carried out will be of great relevance to improving water productivity in irrigation.
You will be more than welcome to Mexico, our doors are always open for you!
Mr. Roberto Ramírez de la Parra
President of the MXCID