Thursday, July 8 2021 18:50
Alina Hovhannisyan

Economy Minister sees need to completely modernize irrigation system  of Armenia

Economy Minister sees need to completely modernize irrigation system  of Armenia

ArmInfo. Due to climate warming, the air temperature rises every year, so today it is necessary to adapt to the expected new climatic conditions. A similar opinion was  expressed by acting Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan.

In this regard, he pointed out the need to increase agricultural  productivity. "This means that we have to grow crops using less  water, in particular savings systems, including irrigation systems.  In addition, it is necessary to fully re-equip the distribution water  network>, he said. Kerobyan added that there is a need for a serious  modernization of the latter , for which on behalf of the acting Prime  Minister, a working group was formed to work on the development of a  reform of the water sector.

With regard to water scarcity, he pointed out that the share of the  blame in this context lies on the farmers themselves. In order to pay  less, the latter can say that they are growing a crop that does not  require large volumes of water resources, but in practice, the  opposite is true. "I don't want to look for those responsible for the  shortage of water now, but similar problems arise, including because  of this approach of farmers," Kerobyan said.

To solve the current situation with water, acting Minister noted that  the Committee for Water Resources developed a plan of specific  measures and an operational headquarters was formed, which, in  addition to him, included acting Minister of Territorial  Administration and Infrastructures Suren Papikyan (Chairman of the  Commission), Acting Minister of the Environment Romanos Petrosyan;  Chairman of the Vodkhoz Karen Sargsyan; Director of Jrar CJSC  Artashes Abgaryan.

"On a daily basis, we discuss the problems facing the water sector,  trying to quickly solve them using the resources that we have today,"  he said.

To recall, at the end of June, residents of a number of villages in  the Shirak region in the north-west of Armenia blocked the  Yerevan-Gyumri highway, demanding to solve the problem with  irrigation. The protesters say the heat and lack of rainfall are  causing significant damage to agriculture, which could affect both  the quality and the volume of the crop. Earlier, a similar action was  held by farmers of the Armavir region. The problem of drought today  is also noted in Gegharkunik. Big problems were registered in the  Karnut reservoir, where the water horizon fell below the "dead  level", which is unacceptable. Farmers have no water for a month. The  head of the water farm Sargsyan could not clearly explain where the  water delivered, although he said that the required volume of water  was delivered to the reservoir. And the peasants assume that 20  million cubic meters of the water did not evaporate, but was provided  to small hydroelectric power plants, the owners of which are "not  random people".


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