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Drought forces California farmers to idle cropland

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.

Drought forces California farmers to idle cropland

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.

Coco farmers group wants set budget for small-scale irrigation projects

A legislator is calling for a minimum and set budget allocation for the construction of small-scale irrigations to help small and marginalized farmers in the country.In a news release, AAMBIS-Owa Party List Representative Sharon Garin from Guimbal, Iloilo filed House Bill 3789 which if passed into law will mandate the Departments of Public Works and Highways, Agriculture and Agrarian Reform to allocate a minimum of two percent of their respective annual budget on capital outlay for the construction of small scale irrigation structures and technologies.She said it will also ma

Use of modern irrigation techniques to help save water

Use of modern irrigation techniques like drip irrigation is cost effective and can result in huge savings to farmers. Hamid Malhhi, Chief of Punjab Water Council, said this while talking to APP here on Wednesday.He said in traditional irrigation, farmers flooded water into all parts of the land under cultivation.

Drought declared in New Zealand's North Island

New Zealand declared a drought across its entire North Island for the first time in at least 30 years on Friday, with low river levels in the capital Wellington also worrying officials. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said: "It has become clear that nearly all farmers in every part of the North Island are facing very difficult dry conditions". "Parts of the South Island are also very dry, in particular the Grey and Buller districts. We are keeping a close watch on all further regions," he said.
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