Environment: Turkey's Anatolian basin's aquifers dry out

31 July, 19:12

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JULY 31 - The Konya Basin's aquifers have dried out, daily Hurriyet online reports quoting Turkey's Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroglu as saying yesterday, as the country has experienced one of the most arid winters and springs in recent years. The basin, which is also used to irrigate the Central Anatolian Konya's lowlands, the largest in the country, has formally entered a hydrological drought, said Eroglu responding to parliamentary questions.

    Eroglu added they are planning to cope with the drought by reducing the irrigation at the plantations in the area and choosing plants that require relatively less water to grow. The Konya's lowlands are one of the main areas that produce sugar beets, which require considerable amounts of water to grow. The hydrological drought in Konya could threaten the economy in the area, which is based on agriculture and farming. Despite the minister's admission about water scarcity, the government's environmental policy is severely criticized by ecologists, particularly for privileging energy investments over protecting nature. (ANSAmed).

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