To deal with water crises Government must build more dams
Santo Domingo.- The government’s medium and long term plans to conserve water for human consumption and agriculture must include construction of more dams, ponds, and reconstruction of reservoirs and irrigation canals.
Dominican Milk Producers Association (Aproleche) president Eric Rivero and Agribusiness Board CEO Osmar Benitez agree that authorities should find ways to conserve water and confront climate change, which they blame for the drought across the country.
Rivero said new dams will not only conserve water but also supply energy and ensure supply to farms. He said despite that the current drought was forecast since last year, the authorities “did little to address it.”
Change of model
Benitez said the government needs to spend on new dams, micro dams, ponds, reservoirs and other ways to stora water.
He said farms areas in Peravia, Azua and San Juan provinces (south) need to build at least 10 giant reservoirs, five in the northwest, and others in the east region.
Benitez also urged the government to work with farmers and banks to fund change from the normal irrigation model into a pressurized or drip system.
July 27, 2015
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