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CBA Kazakhstan: Improved water management systems increase crop production in the North

July 2011

Increased aridity in Northern Kazakhstan threatens precious water resources and makes it increasingly difficult for farmers to follow traditional farming practices and calendars.   To overcome climatic impacts, drip irrigation systems were installed in Arnasay village to encourage effective water management in rural communities.  Approximately 7,000 hectares of land have been irrigated in the CBA project titled “Adaptation of farmers’ agricultural practices in response to intensified climate aridity in Akmola Oblast.”  Crop yield has doubled on the land using drip irrigation and at the same time water consumption is cut in half.   The introduction of drought-resistant crops of winter wheat also prevents crop vulnerability and reduces the risk for soil erosion.