As a result, Crimea could lose crops on 120,000 hectares of land
which requires irrigation, while the financial losses would reach $13.6 million
that is quite a substantial sum for the region, said Fedorov.
The North Crimean channel was finished in 1971 to provide amble water
supplies to the peninsula – Crimea relies on the rest of Ukraine for 80-85
percent of the water that it consumes. Crimea would
essentially be an arid desert without the water it gets from the Dnipro River
via the 400-kilometer Northern Crimean Canal that connects the peninsula with
the Kakhov Reservoir to the north. The peninsula’s fruit and vegetable growers,
and winemakers, rely on mainland water supply for their livelihood. The cities
of Simferopol, Sevastopol, Kerch, Sudak, Feodosia, and others need it as a life
Ukraine’s Water Resources Agency denies the stoppage of the
water supplies to Crimea through the North-Crimean channel. “North-Crimean
channel works as usual, all irrigation systems are working,” reads the
statement on the agency’s website.