Adopt policy to increase irrigation in Guatemala

Adopt policy to increase irrigation in Guatemala

July 11, 2013, Guatemala.
The Government of Guatemala reported to have adopted a policy to increase irrigation water for agriculture to overcome water shortages affecting crops during the summer in various regions. It is intended that the Government address the infrastructure of the reservoir and conduction channels to the parcels,the farmers need to invest in its modern irrigation plot. For operation and maintenance of the reservoir to be sustainable, each farmer beneficiary must pay for the volume of water consumed. The proposal is to consider water as a public good, and the state takes responsibility for developing an infrastructure to store the liquid flowing through the rivers.

The Guatemalan government reported to have adopted a policy to increase irrigation water for agriculture to overcome the lack of fluid affects the summer crops in several regions. Speaking to the digital site newspaper Siglo 21, the Minister of Agriculture, Elmer Lopez, said that it is a policy to be applied in agriculture and has governmental agreement signed by President Otto Perez Molina. He said the purpose is to increase the productive capacity of the country and it also seeks to reclaim degraded lands such as exist in the east.

It is about development an adequate irrigation technology, which will cost about  280 million dollars and that the Government will go seek, Lopez said, adding that immediately submit the proposal to the donors. The proposal is to consider water as a public good, and the government takes the responsibility of creating an infrastructure to store the liquid flowing through the rivers, he said. It is thinks about dams with branches for the producer count with water in their irrigation system because the country does not have any of this, he said, adding that there is to store rainwater for use in dry season.

Meanwhile, the Rural Economic Development Deputy Minister, Carlos Anzueto, explained that irrigation policy includes four components, among which is one that seeks to harness the tributary rivers in the rainy season. It also aims to rebuild irrigation districts already built in the 70s and 80s of last century, and seeks to create new irrigation districts. He recalled that the country not has a culture of rainwater storage, but found that although it is a big investment, it is strategic to avoid many problems by climate change. It is intended that the Government address the infrastructure of the reservoir and conduction channels to the plots, and farmers to invest in their land in modern irrigation, said Anzueto. He explained that for the operation and maintenance of the reservoir to be sustainable, each farmer beneficiary must pay for the volume of water consumed.

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