23 December 2013 18:07

 In spite of the recent rain, the condition of Cyprus’ water reserves is borderline with dam capacity declined to 55% of total capacity, according to Agriculture Minister Andreas Kouyialis.
"We are in a borderline situation with regard to dam capacity," Kouyialis said, noting that if the drought continues "there will be a problem concerning water provided for irrigation purposes."
Speaking on Saturday, he said farmers supplied via the southern pipeline, and particularly those in the Famagusta area, are expected to face problems.
"We must find a solution because they should be water available for our farmers if we want to develop agriculture in Cyprus," Kouyialis added.
He said that measures already underway included providing access to irrigation water for more hours each day to allow all the farmers to water their crops to a satisfactory level.
Responding to a question whether water cuts for irrigation purposes will be implemented, Kouyiallis said the Cyprus Water Development Department was examining this possibility.
"If the water level in the dams declines further, then there will be a small possibility of water cuts," he said.
The Paphos area on the other hand, is not expected to have any problems regarding drinking or irrigation water resources.


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