In Moldova, dozens of environmental organizations opposed the use of groundwater for irrigation


In Moldova, dozens of environmental organizations opposed the use of groundwater for irrigation

07/31/2020

About 80% of irrigated land in Moldova is concentrated in the sectors of horticulture, vegetable growing and viticulture

At the end of July, 77 public organizations of the “green” persuasion, members of the National Platform of the Civil Forum of the Eastern Partnership, appealed to the parliament and the government, as well as the EU Embassy in the Republic of Moldova, with a declaration condemning the attempts of certain state structures and associations of agricultural producers to obtain prompt permission at the legislative and regulatory level use groundwater for irrigation.

The authors of the declaration refer to the Law of the Republic of Moldova “On Water” No. 272 ​​of 2011, one of the articles of which prohibits the use of water from underground sources for purposes other than food, and requires strict observance of this prescription. At the same time, they note the fact that for seven years the agrarian lobby has been actively trying to change the legislative and regulatory framework in this area. This year, the process has intensified against the background of a prolonged drought, which has already caused great damage to the agricultural sector of the Republic of Moldova.

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Meanwhile, as noted in the declaration, a study from 2014 shows that in many regions of the south and north of the Republic of Moldova, the level of groundwater salinity significantly exceeds the level permissible for irrigation (0.8-1.0 grams per liter).

In turn, specialists of agricultural producers’ organizations draw attention to the fact that in neighboring countries the use of groundwater (from the same groundwater bodies, which are partially located on the territory of the Republic of Moldova) for irrigation purposes is permitted at the legislative level.

About 80% of the irrigated land in Moldova is concentrated in the sectors of horticulture, vegetable growing and viticulture.

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