A third reduction for Kazakhstan’s irrigated land area
Kazakhstan, Astana, November 4/ Trend, D.Mukhtarov /
Today as compared to the beginning of the 1990s over 2.1 million hectares, the irrigated area in Kazakhstan has declined by one-third, the Minister of Agriculture Asylzhan Mamytbekov told, speaking during the government hour in the Majilis (The Lower House of the Parliament).
"Today in Kazakhstan the irrigated area has declined by one-third as compared to the beginning of the 1990s over 2.1 million hectares and now constitutes less than 1.5 million hectares," the Minister said.
According to him, the reduction of irrigated land and its productivity is caused by their high degradation and low levels of investment in the construction and rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage systems.
"In addition, it is seriously influenced by the deterioration of the ecologic- ameliorative condition of land, the lack of incentive for farmers to implement water-saving technologies and failure of necessary reclamation works," the minister said.
The minister stressed the need to increase the responsibility of the business environment in this regard and to encourage thrifty and rational use of water.
The state in turn, should create a system of efficient water usage for agricultural purposes, the minister said.