Water Conservation and Desert Large-scale Farming in Jordan

RAOUL E. NASR
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Irbid 22110, Jordan

Abstract

NASR, RAOUL E., 2006. Water conservation and desert large-scale farming in Jordan. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 12: 553-558

Water shortage is a serious problem in Jordan. Irrigation water consumes about 65% of the available fresh water resources. This article aims at studying partial water productivity in desert large-scale farming in Jordan and comparing it to farming practices in the rest of the country. Water is widely exported in form of crops that consumes large amounts of water without full economic consideration to the opportunity cost of water. In some cases, food imports may be a feasible option in water-poor countries instead of water import.

Key words: Jordan, Desert, Disi, and irrigation water