Water policy in Mexico must contribute to food security.

Water policy in Mexico must contribute to food security.

08.19.13, Mexico. Conagua

Increasing irrigation technology in agriculture to make it more sustainable and increase productivity, must be one of the basic objectives of water policy in Mexico, the Mexican agriculture can drive social and economic growth, setting a water policy that integrates elements such as financing, efficient management and environmental protection. The Government of the Republic is interested in contributing to the field productivity and water use efficiency to advance in the food security. To reduce the vulnerability of rural Mexico to climate change, it is necessary to promote culture and techniques for efficient water use in the agriculture.

Increasing irrigation technology in agriculture to make it more sustainable and increase productivity, must be one of the basic objectives of the Mexican water policy, said experts in hydraulics and producers attending the Northwest Regional Consultation Forum for the formulation of the National Water  Program 2013-2018, organized by the National Water Commission (Conagua).

The event, held in Sinaloa, brought together more than 700 producers, hydraulic experts, users and government officials, who noted that the Mexican agriculture can promote social and economic growth, setting a water policy that integrates elements such as financing, efficient management and environmental protection. Oscar Lara Arechiga, Assistant Director General of Hydro-Agricultural Infrastructure Conagua stressed that the Government of the Republic is interested in contributing to the field productivity and water use efficiency to advance in the food security. Sinaloa Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez, said it is urgent to implement strategies for the modernization in rural Mexico, the pay of water by volume, leveling the ground and planting crops according to the regional vocation as alternatives to enhance production.

Conagua makes public consultation forums in order to develop, in coordination with all sectors, public policies promoting viable and innovative irrigation infrastructure to competitive, profitable, sustainable and useful to improve the quality of life in rural areas. With the theme of water, infrastructure and financing for food security, several proposals were made to generate schemes for development and transfer of technology, training and technical assistance in agricultural irrigation and drainage, promote desalination as a source of water supply for the field , strengthen extractions control measures and improve infrastructure of surface and subsurface drainage.

To meet the challenges of food security, contributions focused on the organization and regulation of irrigation areas to establish responsibilities in water management and increasing citizen participation in decision-making. Participants agreed that to reduce the vulnerability of rural Mexico to climate change, it is necessary to promote culture and techniques for efficient water use in agriculture, incorporating planning medium and long term to develop better crops, support adaptation and changes in cropping patterns and crop selection, strengthening hydrometeorological information networks to realize preventive actions and risk control.

So as to achieve the sustainable use of water in irrigation requires integrated management of basic information about crops, plots, farmers, irrigation service and supply measurement, organization and better management, crop planning based on the availability of storage and laws supply and demand of agricultural products, strengthening assignment actions, administration, use and care of water, crop conversion encourage and promote water harvesting.

Finally, it was announced that there will also be consultation forums in other regions of the country and a virtual one, on the website to generate a national water policy to consolidate the water as an element of development and prosperity.

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