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Prospects for agricultural water management
According to the Strategic Development Plan (2010-2020), the work plan related to agricultural water management includes:
- preparing hydrology and climatology data that has already been measured;
- making an inventory of the operational state of water infrastructure;
- reviewing of every watershed;
- increasing the capacity of clean water availability;
- increasing the number of irrigated areas in conjunction with the increase of raw water sources;
- renovating existing barrages to enhance performance and establishing new reservoirs in areas to meet the demands for drinking and irrigation water;
- improving and expanding flood control check dams; and
- establishing multipurpose dams to meet clean water, irrigation and power plant demand.
With the growing economic needs of the people, it will be necessary to move beyond the existing crops. It is felt that the production of higher value crops (cashew nuts, mangos, spices, vanilla, restoration of sandalwood, pineapples, passion fruit, guavas, cut flowers) associated with processing (roasting of nuts, mango pulp, guava jam, passion fruit concentrate) are the next stage in the development of the agriculture sector (Fontes, 2004).