California farmers vow to cut water use

25% reduction will match that in drought-hit cities
epa04696359 The Truckee River is dry where it originates from its source at Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA, 08 April 2015. The level of the lake is 6 feet (1.82 meter) below its minimal level of flowing into the Truckee River. California governor Jerry Brown ordered the state's first-ever mandatory water cuts on 01 April, in the fourth year of a devastating drought that has dried up wells, forced mandatory rationing and jeopardized crops in one of the largest agricultural producing regions in the world. EPA/MICHAEL NELSON

Thousands of Californian farmers have pledged to cut their water use by a quarter during this growing season, to help save supplies in the state’s fourth straight year of drought.