chapter  7
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ALTERNATIVE GROWTH PATTERNS WITHIN CUYO

Some conclusions of the preceding analysis are that water is the major constraint on future agricultural expansion in Cuyo; current levels of water use cannot be maintained indefinitely with the existing infrastructure; current incentives encourage expansion of cultivation and provide little incentive for conserving water use; and continued waterintensive agricultural growth could reduce within several decades the supply of good quality ground water to levels that would not only terminate but might even force a major reversal of this growth pattern. This chapter examines alternative growth patterns for the region. The first section focuses on methods of increasing the quantity of water available to the farms; the second section examines the possibilities for increasing the value of production per unit of water through either on-farm changes or shifts to nonagricultural water uses.