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Agriculture: Government Regulates Use of Natural Waters for Field Irrigation

Agriculture: Government Regulates Use of Natural Waters for Field Irrigation

Paru le mercredi, 28 février 2024 10:52

On February 26, 2024, Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute signed a decree outlining rules for the management of water used for agricultural purposes and the maintenance of hydraulic infrastructures within the country’s irrigated perimeters. The decree regulates the use of surface and groundwater for agricultural irrigation by both public and private entities.

The decree stipulates that the extraction of natural waters must adhere to a quota defined by existing Cameroonian legislation and international conventions to which Cameroon is a signatory. Water can only be abstracted for agricultural use.

A 2001 law governs water abstraction in Cameroon, stating that “any abstraction of surface or underground water for industrial or commercial purposes is subject to a fee, the rate, basis, and method of collection of which are set by the finance law.”

The rates for water withdrawals are as follows: XAF50,000 for withdrawals of less than 100 m³ of water per day; XAF200,000 for withdrawals between 100 and 500 m³ per day; XAF300,000 for withdrawals between 500 and 1,000 m³ per day; and XAF500,000 for withdrawals exceeding 1,000 m³ per day. Abstraction authorizations are granted for a renewable period of five years.

The Prime Minister’s recent decree requires that, before the start of each agricultural season, the public company must define its water requirements and adhere to water abstraction regulations. Penalties are in place for non-compliance with the terms of the water abstraction authorization.

L.A

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