TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – While the “plum rain season” might open later than usual, there will still be no risk of drought before the end of June, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Tuesday (April 23).
Spring rains arrived on time, so farmers should not be worried about a drought in the near future, the Central News Agency quoted MOEA officials as saying.
Last year, the plum rain season, which should last from mid-May to early June, started at the latest time in 16 years, causing water levels at reservoirs to drop to dangerously low levels.
A mild and dry winter period from December to February, the warmest on record for 48 years, exacerbated concerns about the necessity of tough measures to avert a drought, CNA reported.
However, in March and April, spring rains were abundant, making it unnecessary to issue stringent conservation targets for farmers, the MOEA said. Water reservoirs were recording high levels, even reaching more than 90 percent in the Hsinchu area.
With the rice growing season in the south moving into higher gear later this month, agricultural demand for water would grow significantly, the MOEA warned, urging caution, especially if the plum rain season started late.
In the Kaohsiung area, the ministry said it would encourage major water users, such as the local heavy industry, to save water.
Nevertheless, the MOEA did not foresee any serious problems so the water supply should continue normally at least until the end of June, CNA reported.