In agriculture, 57% of all the water used by the Dominican Republic is wasted
The creation of the Executive Directorate of the Commission for the Promotion of the Technification of the National Irrigation System (TNR) in the Dominican Republic may be necessary, according to statistical surveys on the use and exploitation of water in agriculture. The surveys indicate that only 10% of agricultural production in the country has technical irrigation systems, while 90% of the land in production is done with the obsolete gravity method through irrigation canals, resulting in 70% of the water used is wasted.
The TNR aims to educate producers on the importance of modernizing their irrigation systems and has started with a statistical survey on the use of water in agriculture and a financing plan for smaller producers.
The surveys also show that if agricultural production had technical irrigation systems, it would only need 25% of the available water to produce the same properties, which would put an end to periodic shortages due to drought.
Do they ever tried drip irrigation?
Good idea. However, it is hard to change the behavior of an agriculture community that has handed down out-of-date watering methods. “My grandfather, father, and uncle did it this way. I do the same. What was good for them is good for me. I don’t have the resources to make change.”