The discussion “The efficiency of providing the Agricultural Water on a Paid Basis” was organized by YSU Centre for Sustainable Development. The venue was the Faculty of Geography and Geology.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the NGO “Environmental Alliance”, the OSCE, representatives of Aarhus centers in Yerevan, Aparan and Stepanavan, Aarhus Armenia Project Manager Lianna Asoyan, Head of YSU Centre for Sustainable Development Ruben Movsisyan and others.
The study is an attempt to explain the inefficient allocation of irrigation water on a paid basis, which does not contribute to the development of the intensive agriculture, as well as contains a number of abuses and corruption risks.
The results of the research and the package of proposals which should be submitted to the Government were presented by the Dean of the Faculty of Geography and Geology Marat Grigoryan.
“The development of the economy, in particular the agricultural sector, is to improve the social situation in the country, to reduce emigration and poverty rates. Today, the inefficient use of the paid water for irrigation and unsatisfactory work of the water using companies slow down the development,” - said Marat Grigoryan.
Dean added the studies show that the irrigation water should be free of charge, which will help the villagers not only to avoid loans, but at the same time have some profit. Instead, the researchers suggest increasing the tax on land in rural areas.
Head of the Chair of Constitutional Law of YSU Faculty of Law Gevorg Danielyan, Director of YSU Environmental Law Resource Centre Aida Iskoyan and an environmental expert Karine Danielyan actively participated in the discussions.
Karine Danielyan and Aida Iskoyan are sure water is nature’s gift and every man has the inalienable right to use it, but the situation is different in the case of irrigation water.
Karine Danielyan presented a number of important issues, still unresolved, voiced during the international conferences, adding she is agree with the arguments, but the RA Government will not accept the experts’ standpoints.
Aida Iskoyan suggested not providing the irrigation water free of charge and dissolving the water supply companies, as it is not realistic, but to give farmers some long-term privileges.
Gevorg Danielyan promised Marat Grigoryan to support the legal aspects of the preparation of the package.
The final discussion will be held in the end of December.