Water Wastage in Agro Sector Unjustifiable

Water Wastage in Sector Untenable
Water Wastage in Sector Untenable

Iran's annual water consumption in agriculture sector tops 90 billion cubic meters, of which a massive 60% go to waste due to unsustainable and wasteful farming practices, the head of the Energy Ministry’s special workgroup that oversees water governance policies and available resources said.
“Water resources are depleting rapidly and they do not meet the country’s growing demand,” Mohammad Hobevatan was also quoted as saying by IRNA.
Iran’s average annual precipitation does not exceed 225 millimeters, which is 30% less than the global average, he added, noting that of the total rainfall (103 billion cubic meters), a portion also evaporates.
According to the official, available water resources stood at 130 bcm about 20 years ago, which now has dwindled by 20%.


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