n Farmer’s Weekly - Groundwater conservation: a long-term investment

Volume 2018 Number 18014
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



In a water-scarce country such as South Africa, groundwater resources need to be protected zealously. Groundwater makes irrigation possible in large parts of the country. However, the efficacy of an irrigation farming concern largely depends on the management of the groundwater supply. Should groundwater levels fall too low or be depleted, farmers will be forced to reduce abstraction from boreholes and downsize irrigation schemes. With time and significant rainfall such an aquifer may recover to some extent, but it is improbable that it will ever fully recover.

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