- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Officials with the largest farm on the Navajo Nation say they could face a $17.5 million loss in revenue if repairs to an irrigation line that broke two weeks ago are not completed by mid-June.

The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1scI7QW ) that Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials say work to repair a 40-foot section of the decades-old concrete pipe is ongoing. The pipe broke May 13, cutting off water to 72,000 acres of farmland in northwestern New Mexico. Many of the crops had just been planted.

NAPI CEO Wilton Charley says they are working to have the pipeline repaired by June 11, but if that completion date is moved back it will rapidly increase the projected revenue loss.

Since the break, Charley says 49 employees have been placed on furlough.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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