Egypt's CAMPAS (photo: Ahram Online)
The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) stated that the amount of water used in irrigating crops hit 36.5 billion cubic metres in 2018, compared to 41.9 billion cubic metres in 2017, registering a decrease of 13.1 percent.
The decrease was ascribed to the reduced cultivated lands in the winter and summer harvest seasons, CAPMAS said in a statement released on Thursday.
CAPMAS added that the quantity of water for irrigation at the Aswan Reservoir reached around 44.6 billion cubic metres in 2018, down from 50 billion cubic metres in 2017, receding by 10.8 percent.
The agency pointed out that the winter harvest season uses 11.1 billion cubic metres of water, while the summer harvest season consumes 20.9 billion cubic metres.
It noted that the amount of water used to grow fruits stood at 3.9 billion cubic metres.