Lack of Water Agreement, Low Water Badly Affect Agriculture in Central Asia

5 May 2008 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan
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- The period of low water that affected countries of the Syr Darya River basin last year, as well as the recent extremely cold winter, have badly affect the agriculture sector at a time when food prices are going up around the world. The lack of an agreement on the distribution of water resources between the river basin countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan is aggravating the situation. Water and energy authorities of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek in late April in an effort to resolve the problem of the distribution of water resources in the Syr Darya River basin in 2008 and the first three months of 2009, During the meeting, participants examined the possible variants of using the water and energy resources of the Toktogul reservoir and, after discussion, agreed to look into them again in mid-May, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Industry, Energy and Fuel Resources stated in a press release...

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