In this course, the basic underlying principles that govern irrigation practices are stressed. Generalised concepts are discussed, and newly formulated practices are examined. The overall aim of the course is to present the principles and concepts of irrigation scheduling and systems, used worldwide, with emphasis on crop consumptive use and scientific irrigation practices. The specific objectives of the course are:
1. To provide the student with the main soil water properties governing irrigation scheduling.
2. To introduce the student to the main methods for estimating crop consumptive use.
3. To enable the student to formulate a thorough understanding of the main irrigation systems and their advantages and disadvantages.