The capability at Devegeçidi Dam, crucial irrigation level of the province, rose as much as 65% owing to the previous a number of weeks of rain that considerably decreased drought depth in southern Diyarbakır province.
The dam, established in 1972, gives irrigation water to 58,000 decares of agricultural land in Diyarbakir. It reached a capability of 220 million cubic meters in quantity, granting a major revenue increase to farmers engaged in agricultural manufacturing.
In step with the choice made by the Diyarbakir Drought Disaster Coordination Middle, water was transferred from Devegeçidi Dam by the State Hydraulic Works (DSI) to forestall water movement that might have inflicted hurt upon farmers.
It’s noteworthy that the dam was getting ready to drying up in 2021 and 2022 because of local weather change, lack of precipitation and evaporation. Based on knowledge from the tenth Regional Directorate DSI, water within the dam, which fell under 1% in the beginning of October final 12 months, reached 65% as of April 25 with snowfall and precipitation in March.
Within the final two years, water quantity totaling 27 million cubic meters was transferred to Dicle Dam, which is a crucial meals supply and spawning space for migratory birds. The dam can be a preferred spot for freshwater fishing and serves as a lifeline for each pure life and agricultural manufacturing.
“The saved water will meet the irrigation wants of our farmers all year long,” mentioned Mehmet Yaşar Ceylan, tenth Regional Directorate Operations and Upkeep Department Supervisor DSI.
Ceylan informed Anadolu Company (AA) that as a result of drought within the final two years, sufficient water didn’t accumulate within the dam. Nonetheless, this 12 months, movement to the dam has been adequate and harnessed properly to fulfill the irrigation wants of farmers all year long. In actual fact, it’s anticipated that the water degree within the dam might improve additional with the continuing precipitation.
Süleyman Iskenderoğlu, president of the Yenişehir Chamber of Agriculture, mentioned that they confronted a critical drought within the area till the start of March this 12 months, however this month, the area obtained more-than-anticipated precipitation, which appeared to have boosted water storage capability for the following two years.
“So far as the drought is worried, we have no idea what’s going to occur subsequent 12 months, however we certainly will preserve and save current water within the dam. For this, we even modified our manufacturing patterns. Presently, we’re planting cotton and corn varieties that require much less water. Final 12 months, we skilled an enormous lack of yield because of sudden droughts,” defined Iskenderoğlu.
Farmer Mustafa Tayfur within the Dokuzçeltik district of Yenişehir district mentioned: “Because of the rain, I planted 180 decares of wheat this 12 months and can plant 80 decares of cotton as these crops are simple to irrigate. Final 12 months, I obtained 400 kilograms (800 kilos) of cotton per decare; nevertheless, I’m anticipating a yield of over 500 kilograms per hectare of cotton this 12 months.”
Although dwelling to an array of climates, Türkiye is usually a semi-arid nation. That is particularly dangerous within the period of local weather change for agricultural lands concentrated in Anatolia which can be removed from the delicate local weather of the nation’s western areas. It juggles its response to weather-related points aggravated by the local weather disaster, from floods in coastal areas to aggressive droughts in internal areas. An more and more arid future awaits Türkiye if it doesn’t regulate water consumption quickly and runs the danger of being categorised as a water-scarce nation by 2030, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Türkiye warned final 12 months.