Due to low water in the lower reaches of the Amu Darya in April, the farmers of Dashoguz received only 40% of irrigation water

At a meeting on May 10, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov demanded that Deputy Prime Minister Esenmyrat Orazgeldiyev , who is in charge of the agro-industrial complex , who made working trips to Akhal, Balkan and Dashoguz velayats, resolve the issue of reclamation of fields in Dashoguz velayat.

Meteozhurnal reports that the Dashoguz velayat has been suffering from low water for the third year in a row.

“The flow of the Amudarya is dismantled upstream, which is why the last region that is “on distribution” does not receive the required volume. The situation is further aggravated by the catastrophic situation with land salinity, the poor condition of the irrigation system, frequent droughts and lack of rainfall,” the report says.

The issue of the state of rivers and reservoirs on May 6 at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers was also raised by the head of state. It was then that he ordered the Deputy Prime Minister to visit the regions and analyze the irrigation of sown fields, the condition of rivers and canals, the implementation of work to clean them up and the introduction of water-saving technologies.

"Meteozhurnal" notes that this spring on the Amu Darya water shortage, similar to last year, is not observed. The volume of the river runoff is less than the average long-term values, but this difference is not critical. However, the situation is different in the river basin.

For example, the volume of reservoirs of the Tuyamuyun hydroelectric complex on the border of the Dashoguz velayat of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, designed to regulate the flow to the lower reaches of the river, is critically small, the report says.

Due to last year's drought , the volume of water in the reservoirs remained significantly below average throughout the winter, and in March fell below the dead volume.

As a result, in the first decade (third) of April, Turkmenistan lacked 54% of the prescribed water limit (137 million cubic meters) in the Amu Darya, in the second decade the deficit was 60% (155 million cubic meters), and in the third - 67% (177 million cubic meters). Thus, the average water shortage in April was 60%.

This means that in the midst of spring field work, the agrarians of the Dashoguz velayat of Turkmenistan in the III decade received only 33% of the volume of water that they could use, the publication clarifies.

2021 has become one of the driest years in Turkmenistan. In the summer, due to extreme drought and lack of drinking water, water supply to apartments was regularly cut off in Ashgabat. The drought also caused a crop failure in wheat in the countries of Central Asia.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan