Water Conservation And Pricing Calls For Taiwan's Agriculture Sector

New Measures Demanded To Address Usage

14 Mar 2021 by Local Press Report

The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) caucus has urged the government to develop a new water pricing scheme and push heavy users to install water conservation systems, as the nation struggles with a prolonged drought. The ministry claims that the agricultural sector consumes 70 percent of the water supply, and even if the industrial sector were to reduce its usage, it would not help much with meeting general demand for water. The Party cities that the nation’s farming area has shrunk by 40 percent in the past 30 years, but government data show that water consumption by the agricultural sector dropped by only 1.6 percent, suggesting a disconnect with actual water usage for irrigation.

Source: Taipei Times