24-27 November 2021 | Anfaş Expo Center - Antalya / Turkey

The Rate of Modern Irrigation Systems in Agriculture Rise to 94 Percent

With the transition to modern closed system pressurized piped irrigation, transmission losses are minimized, providing 35 percent water savings in sprinkler irrigation and 65 percent in drip irrigation. This year, 51 dams, 39 ponds and bents will be completed, and the number of storage will reach 1617 and the storage capacity will reach 180 billion cubic meters.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry aims to increase the use of modern irrigation systems, which reach 29 percent in agricultural irrigation, to 94 percent with the completion of ongoing projects.

After President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that water losses would be reduced by giving priority to pressurized irrigation systems, eyes focused on investments in this field. According to the information obtained from the
General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, approximately 255 billion lira of water investment has been made in the last 18 years and 8 thousand 695 facilities have been put
into service.

Of these, 600 are dams, 423 are ponds and bent, 590 are hydroelectric plants, 1457 are irrigation, 262 are drinking water, 21 are wastewater treatment, 5,89 are flood protection and 253 are consolidation facilities.

With the "Groundwater Artificial Feeding and Underground Dams Action Plan" prepared by the Ministry, more than 100 underground dams will be built by 2023 in order to contribute to the water reserves of the country
located in a semi-arid geography.

Irrigation Networks Are Also Being Modernized

44 billion cubic meters, which corresponds to 74 percent of the water consumed in Turkey, are used in the agricultural sector. Beginning in the early 2000s, a breakthrough was made towards the popularization of modern irrigation systems, which greatly saved money. As a result of the studies, modern irrigation systems were increased from 6 percent in agricultural irrigation to 29 percent. This rate will increase to 94 percent when the projects under construction are completed.

With the transition to modern closed system pressurized piped irrigation, transmission losses are minimized, providing 35 percent water savings in sprinkler irrigation and 65 percent in drip irrigation. On the other
hand, existing conventional irrigation systems and irrigation networks in the country are also modernized and transformed into sprinkler and drip irrigation.

2021 Targets

This year, 51 dams, 39 ponds and bents will be completed, and the number of storage will reach 1617 and the storage capacity will reach 180 billion cubic meters. With 92 irrigation facilities to be completed, the irrigation
facility that has been completed in total will be increased to 3 thousand 313 and the area opened to irrigation to 69 million decares. 44 more projects will be completed in the consolidation, the number of completed projects will be
increased to 307, and the area to be registered will be increased by 13 million decares and increased to 60 million decares.

Another 12 of the drinking water facilities will be finished and the number of facilities will reach 358, and the amount of drinking water to be supplied will reach 4.8 billion cubic meters per year. 137 flood facilities
will also be completed thus the number of completed facilities will be 10,244.

Source: Anadolu Ajansı

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