Inventory of land in the Crimea showed that of 401 thousand hectares of irrigated lands of the peninsula is almost 100 thousand hectares irretrievably lost. Прослушать На латинице This was stated by the chairman of the Republican Committee of Crimea on water management construction and irrigated agriculture, Alexander Liev at a press conference in Simferopol.
According to him, from 401.2 thousand hectares of irrigated land is 97 000 hectares is no longer suitable for irrigation, rehabilitation they need to start from scratch.
Lie explained that the Crimean irrigation is so constructed that a simple irrigation networks leads to destruction of not only the networks themselves, but also to reduce soil degradation and soil fertility.
Lie also said that the current irrigation season was used 138,000 hectares, or 30% of the total irrigated area.
"Crimea may again turn into a semi-desert. Two-thirds of Crimea were semidesert in the textbooks of the fifties. In the sixties we saw the potential of the Crimea as a region where one can not only live, but also engage in farming, but today the prospect of winding down "- complained the chairman Reskomvodhoza.
According to him, to save the irrigated agriculture in the peninsula can only state incentives for this type of activity.
As previously reported, at the beginning of February 2010 the total area of unused agricultural land in the Crimea was 143,929 hectares.