Irrigation in Mexico

by Cesar O. Ramos Valdez, SARH, Mexico City, Mexico,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Mexico has a great historic tradition in the construction of works for irrigation; irrigated agriculture has been practiced since the pre-hispanic epoch. The development of hydro-agriculture infrastructure has been necessary in order to improve the development of the farming sector, taking into account the unequal distribution of natural resources: water and land, and the inconvenient spatial distribution of the population. Agriculture in Mexico shows many variations, its practice embraces simple storm irrigation to pumping water from underground sources.

Subject Headings: Irrigation water | Water resources | Spatial distribution | Resource management | Historic sites | Infrastructure construction | Irrigation | Infrastructure | Mexico

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