Last Thursday, the Minister of Agriculture of Cyprus Costas Cadis highlighted the issue of drought on the island, which has been going on for 3 years. As the minister noted, the level of fresh water in the region is at the lowest level since 2008. Ten years ago, Cyprus began to import water for irrigation purposes. Unfortunately, at the moment it has not been possible to resolve the issue of water deficit, and demand is still much higher than supply.
It’s time for a difficult decision for the Ministry of Agriculture where to direct the available water supplies. Priority will be given to irrigation of greenhouses while for seasonal crops the amount of distributed water will be reduced.
The Government of Cyprus conducts active work with the European Commission to subsidise projects on the modernisation of equipment for desalination in the cities of Vasiliko and Episkopi and the construction of a new desalination plant in Paphos.