Lack of action leads to Konya being dried out

Lack of action leads to Konya being dried outThe Thursday edition of the Hurriyet daily featured a report with the headline “Konya officially dried out.” The next day, we read in the newspapers that 99 percent of Lake Meke in Konya province, praised by the world for its beauty, has dried out.

The Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs recently announced that the Konya basin has now succumbed to “hydrological drought.” Since officials were aware of this, why did they allow farming that requires the consumption of water in extreme amounts to continue in Konya? This area receives the least rainfall in Turkey and its average annual precipitation is half that of the entire country.

Farming using less water and the cultivation of crops that do not require much water should have been encouraged in the region. However, areas reserved for farming in the Konya basin have expanded by 40 percent over the past 10 years.

(MELIS ALPHAN, HuRRIYET.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman