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Prospects for agricultural water management
The agricultural sector today has to compete with the municipal (including tourism) and industrial sectors for access to water. Due to uncertainties in the export price for sugar cane to the EC, diversification into cash crops has become an incentive for raising revenue. Due to a constant rehabilitation program there is no abandoned irrigation infrastructure. Efforts are being geared to modernizing and making irrigation systems efficient.
Whereas the state is committed to mobilizing water resources, the construction of the infield irrigation infrastructure should be undertaken and financed by WUAs which are required to decide for themselves on matters of irrigation systems and operational practices.