Sustainable management of water resources for agricultural production in the Caribbean. Pathleen Titus CARDI Representative , St Kitts and Nevis. Importance of Agriculture in the Caribbean.
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CARDI Representative , St Kitts and Nevis
Though not predominant, still significant as it has proven to be essential to economic survival . The Caribbean still depends on agriculture for:
Figure 2. Caribbean daily rainfall intensity decreasing
Figure 3. Maximum number of consecutive dry days decreasing for Caribbean
Figure 1. Monthly Pattern of Rainfall in the Caribbean.
Agricultural practices to adapt to lower water availability while maintaining productivity
Soil and water management practices
Enhanced water resources management practices
Rainwater harvesting and storage
Improved watershed management
Re-cycling of drainage water
Enhanced surface water storage
Use of effluent and waste water
Soil and water conservation systems
Enhanced soil water infiltration and storage
Increased use of trickle/drip irrigation