18.11.2011 21.Cheschwan. 5772
Green group suggests reduction in agricultural water consumption, farmers say impossible.
Environmentalists and farmers clashed in a heated debate about whether agricultural water consumption should be significantly reduced, at a conference on Wednesday at Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.
The conference, hosted by green group Friends of the Earth Middle East, focused the organization’s newly released study called “Roadmap for the Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River,” which, among under recommendations, suggests that farmers reduce their water consumption for agriculture by 30 percent. While farmers and representatives on their behalf argued that such a cutback would be impossible, the environmentalists contended that the reductions would be necessary to restoring the Jordan River to reasonable water levels, according to a statement released after the gathering….