translated from Spanish: Impacts lack of water; down to 80 thousand ha planting plan

Guasave, Sinaloa.- For this agricultural cycle will reduce by 50 percent the planting of maize in the region due to the low area of water captured in the dams. When the representatives of the irrigation modules, major network and representative of the Conagua met yesterday, the determination was to extract 665 million cubic meters from the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz and 56 million cubic meters from the Guillermo Blacke. Rescues are planned 200 million cubic meters. All this to irrigate an area of approximately 80 thousand hectares, reported Blas Espinoza Quintero.The figures 
Of 80 thousand hectares that were usually planted with maize, it will now be only 40 thousand, indicated the District Chief of the National Water Commission, adding other low-demand crops for water such as bean, which remained on 25 thousand hectares.

From this crop until a few days ago they had already had about 12 thousand hectares established, same in which irrigation water has not been used because they have taken advantage of the humidity. Saving
«Here we have to quantify how much sowed with moisture that will not occupy irrigation, they trust that they will leave crops with pure moisture, chickpea, safflower, bean would be a lot because they are already irrigations, very small sheets,» the Conagua official said. At yesterday’s hydraulic committee meeting it was established that the Bamoa module would receive 137 million cubic meters, the Las Milpas module, 106 million cubic meters; the Petatlán module 104 million cubic meters; of the Tetameche module 98 million cubic meters, and El Sabinal 44 million cubic meters.
These are volumes to deliver at checkpoint to them. 23 million cubic meters have to be left for domestic use,» he said.

Among the recommendations established for irrigation modules by the National Committee of Great Dams are to make a more efficient operation of the canals, as they must maintain the constant levels and not bring high and low in their water level.» Another thing is the direct intakes, the intakes where the water is delivered, that there are no leaks, land leveling, irrigation strokes, taking care of the water at the plot level that is very important, is where many times more water is wasted,» he said.
Also apart each module made its information and recommendations to improve water use and because they have to get in, to take care, to make oversight committees to get out as best as possible.»

Punishment for waste
Espinoza Quintero mentioned that in the statutes of the irrigation modules they already have fines established for those who waste irrigation water.
These fines must be applied because it is very clear that there is water waste and the sanctions in the statutes must be applied in order to improve the efficient use of water,» he said.

It detailed that in January or February an analysis would be carried out to see if there were contributions to the dams and if possible, at the request of the modules, water reallocations can be made with an adjustment to the irrigation plan.

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