SA farmers must embrace the new, water-constrained normal

Irrigated agriculture already accounts for more than 60% of SA’s total water usage, making it highly unlikely that farming is set to enjoy a higher allocation of this scarce, vital resource anytime soon. In fact, the opposite is probably true. National Government has declared its intention to significantly expand irrigation-based crop farming land use in the country, but no increased allocation in water rights have been specifically earmarked for this purpose. Thus the onus now falls on SA’s agriculture sector – and its commercial farmers in particular – to shift the farming mindset from one of water usage to water stewardship, and pro-actively embrace more water-friendly technologies, practices and attitudes. 

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