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ROME -- Scarce water supplies in the Mediterranean region
will keep dwindling unless countries introduce better irrigation
techniques and public water saving programs, a U.N. food agency has
Agriculture, which makes up 80 percent of total demand, is the
biggest water consumer in the region, said a report by the Rome-based
Food and Agriculture Organization.
Over the last 40 years the areas under irrigation have almost
doubled from 14.8 million acres in 1960 to 29.1 million acres, the
While irrigation contributed greatly to food production -- in
Egypt irrigated cereals yielded nearly four times more than
non-irrigated cereals elsewhere -- farmers use large amounts of water
poorly, the report said.
The study suggested that governments start public water saving
programs, offer incentives for farmers to modernize their irrigation
systems and called for a stronger private sector involvement.
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