IRRIGATION WATER IS SCARCE IN ARMENIA
June 19, 2012 | 13:47
YEREVAN. – Irrigation water is scarce in Armenia this year, State
Water Management Committee official Adibek Ghazaryan said during a
press conference on Tuesday.
In his words, there are 155,000-hectare irrigation lands in Armenia
and 1 billion 130 million cubic meters of water is needed to irrigate
them. But not enough water is collected in the reservoirs and, as a
result, there is a shortage of close to 150 million cubic meters of
irrigation water. And this deficit will be complemented solely by way
of additional water release-totaling 320 million cubic meters-from
Lake Sevan, whereas the Sevan Commission had proposed to complement
some portion of the water shortage from the underground waters.
But as per Ghazaryan, the underground waters in the Ararat Valley
likewise have reduced over the years.
Adibek Ghazaryan also confessed that 60-70 percent of the water
released from Lake Sevan is lost in the hydro energy system and in
the water channels even before reaching the farmers.