California Drought: Farmers torn between growing crops and selling water

Farmers in drought-stricken California are torn between growing their crops and selling water.

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Since water has become a commodity, farmers are now facing the dilemma - hydrate their farm fields or sell water instead? With the latter, they may earn more than what they can from their usual crops.

But it looks like, the choice area is quite narrow. According to Charlie Mathews, a northern California rice farmer, his water district just had a deal to sell its water to Los Angeles areas.

Matthew said:
If we don't find a way for people in the south to get water when they desperately need it, we're afraid they'll change our water rights. So if we don't sell it to them, they'll find a way to take it.
Drought in California has reached its historic proportions, Hallie Jackson and Elizabeth Chuck noted in their article on NBC news.

Since the drought is now covering more than 98 percent of the California state, water's market price is getting crucial as well.

"Typically, what we saw in the past was when we bought the water from the farmers, it was somewhere around $250 to $300 an acre-foot. So this is two and a half times more than normal market rate for water this year", Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager for the Metropolitan Water District said.

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