Farmers worried as Gölbaşı Dam Lake in Turkey’s city of Bursa dries up by 90 percent

Uncategorized Faizah Kamal 22-Dec-2019

Gölbaşı Dam Lake in Turkey’s city of Bursa, one of the main sources of water for Bursa plain’s agricultural lands, has dried up by 90 percent.

The dam lake was built by modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1933 in a bid to meet the irrigation needs of northwestern Bursa’s agricultural lands.

Farmers say that factories and industrial estates built on the Bursa plain use water from the dam, causing serious drawdown.

“The dam’s misuse is putting our farmers in a tough spot. Factories and the [industrial zone] are given the agricultural water. We are not the enemies of the industry; it is indispensable. But our state needs to find a different solution to this problem,” Eyüp Kılıç, the head of a local agriculture chamber, told Demirören News Agency.