Arab Countries Urged To Develop Plans To Combat Drought, Salinity, Water Scarcity


President of the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) Rafeq Saleh advised that Arab countries should develop plans for areas vulnerable to drought, salinity and water scarcity and develop crops appropriate for a range of climatic conditions. Saleh clarified that ASCAD helped Arab countries reduce the water deficit, which currently exceeds 50 billion cubic meters per year. Saleh added that ASCAD carried out a project to improve the efficiency of irrigation in Arab countries, which allocate 85 percent of water resources for agriculture.