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Agriculture Ministry issues water conservation guide

BEIRUT: The Agriculture Ministry issued a series of guidelines to farmers Friday to address the lack of rain and groundwater resulting from drought in Lebanon.

The guidelines, which were issued in cooperation with the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, noted the importance of not over-exploiting groundwater in order to preserve it for a longer period, the need to irrigate fruit trees and crops only when needed, to adopt drip irrigation methods which save 30 percent more water with no negative impact for crops, to irrigate on mornings and nights rather than at noon to prevent evaporation and to follow LARI guidelines during heat waves and register to receive early warnings via text message.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 03, 2014, on page 2.

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