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Many agriculturally intensive areas of the world are beginning to encounter water scarcity problems. As a result, many farmers in these areas are likely to reduce their output as the water supply they need in order to maintain production shrinks. However, one group of farmers in such a region plans to increase their production by implementing techniques for water conservation.

Which of the following, it true, would most strongly support the prediction that the group's plan will succeed?

(A) Farmers that can gain a larger share of the food market in their regions will be better positioned to control more water resources.

(B) Most agricultural practices in areas with water shortages are water intensive.

(C) Other regions of the world not facing water shortages are Likely to make up for the reduction in agricultural output.

(D) Demand for agricultural products in the group's region is not expected to decline.

(E) More than half the water used for agriculture in the farmers’ region is lost to evaporation or leakage from irrigation channels.

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(A) Farmers that can gain a larger share of the food market in their regions will be better positioned to control more water resources. [We are not interested about a specific segment]

(B) Most agricultural practices in areas with water shortages are water intensive. [Doesn't make any sense :)]

(C) Other regions of the world not facing water shortages are Likely to make up for the reduction in agricultural output.
[Other regions is not our concern.]

(D) Demand tor agricultural products in the group's region is not expected to decline. [The conclusion talks about water conservation. It is nowhere related to demand]

(E) More than half the water used tor agriculture in the farmers’ region is lost to evaporation or leakage from irrigation channels.[Perfectly addresses our concern. The plan will succeed if the wastage is controlled.]
Hence E!!

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Many agriculturally intensive areas of the world are beginning o encounter water scarcity problems. As a result, many farmers in these areas are likely to reduce their output as the water supply they need in
order to maintain production shrinks. However, one group of farmers in such a region plans to increase their production by implementing techniques tor water conservation.
Which of the following, it true, would most strongly support the prediction that the group's plan will succeed?

Now what is the plan?
to increase their production by implementing techniques for water conservation

Now we need to support a prediction that the group's plan will succeed.

Pre-thinking:

What we need is a reason to believe that water conservation will lead to increase in savings of enough water so as to increase the production. What if the farmers in the group were not using the water in an effective manner as water was available in abundance. With this pre-thinking let's do the POE.


(A) Farmers that can gain a larger share of the food market in their regions will be better positioned to control more water resources.

This is out of scope. First we don't know farmers in the said group have a larger share of the food market so that they are better positioned to control more water resources. Even if they can control more water resources, then it may be possible that they have little incentive to conserve water. This doesn't give us any reason to believe that water conservation will lead to increase production.

(B) Most agricultural practices in areas with water shortages are water intensive.
This option doesn't give us any reason to believe that water conservation will lead to increase production. Agricultural practices are water intensive but we don't know if water conservation will meet the demand.

(C) Other regions of the world not facing water shortages are likely to make up for the reduction in agricultural output.
We are not really concerned about the dynamics of the overall agricultural output. We need something that will help us believe how that one group will increase output by conserving water. This option is out of scope.

(D) Demand tor agricultural products in the group's region is not expected to decline.
This option also does not help us believe how that one group will increase output by conserving water.

(E) More than halt the water used tor agriculture in the farmers’ region is lost to evaporation or leakage from irrigation channels.

This is inline with the pre-thinking. If more than half of the water is lost to evaporation or leakage from irrigation channels, then this gives us a strong reason to believe that water conservation will help in meeting the demands for even an increased production.
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Re: Water Shortage for Farmers: Official Guide 2016 [#permalink]

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Many agriculturally intensive areas of the world are beginning o encounter water scarcity problems. As a result, many farmers in these areas are likely to reduce their output as the water supply they need in order to maintain production shrinks. However, one group oi farmers in such a region plans to increase their production by implementing techniques tor water conservation.

Which of the following, it true, would most strongly support the prediction that the group's plan will succeed?

(A) Farmers that can gain a larger share of the food market in their regions will be better positioned to control more water resources.

(B) Most agricultural practices in areas with water shortages are water intensive.

(C) Other regions of the world not facing water shortages are Likely to make up for the reduction in agricultural output.

(D) Demand tor agricultural products in the group's region is not expected to decline.

(E) More than halt the water used tor agriculture in the farmers’ region is lost to evaporation or leakage from irrigation channels.


Type: Strengthen
Boil It Down: Conserve water & Boost output
Missing Information: There is a way to do both (likelihood of success)
Goal: Find the option that provides a way for this farmer to simultaneously boost output AND conserve water

Control of water resources is irrelevant. We’re concerned with finding a scenario by which this farm can both boost output and conserve water.

This option provides an irrelevant fact that seems to reinforce the facts given in the prompt, but the option in no way provides a way farm can both boost output and conserve water.

Irrelevant. We’re not concerned if other areas in the world are able to make up the loss in production for the farms required to reduce output. We need to find a way this farm can both boost output and conserve water.

The demand for agricultural products is irrelevant on two levels: 1) Demand is altogether irrelevant 2) As if that weren’t enough, this option is referring to agricultural PRODUCTS. What does that mean? Tractors? Notice how that subtle shift in wording violently shifts the focus of the option.

Here we go! If more than half of the water used for agriculture in this region is lost to evaporation, this option provides the capacity to CONSERVE and potentially boost output. If evaporation can be controlled, the plan could work.


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Many agricultural intensive areas of the world are beginning to encounter water scarcity problems. As a result, many farmers in these areas are likely to reduce their output as the water supply they need in order to maintain production shrinks. However, one group of farmers in such a region plans to increase their production by implementing techniques for water conservation.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the prediction that the group’s plan will succeed?

(A) Farmers that can gain a larger share of the food market in their regions will be better positioned to control more water resources.
(B) Most agricultural practices in areas with water shortages are water- intensive.
(C) Other regions of the world not facing water shortages are likely to make for the reduction in agricultural output.
(D) Demand for agricultural products in the group’s region is not expected to decline.
(E) More than half of the water used for agriculture in the farmers' region is lost to evaporation or leakage from irrigation channels.
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Many agricultural intensive areas of the world are beginning to encounter water scarcity problems. As a result, many farmers in these areas are likely to reduce their output as the water supply they need in order to maintain production shrinks. However, one group of farmers in such a region plans to increase their production by implementing techniques for water conservation.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the prediction that the group’s plan will succeed?
(A) Farmers that can gain a larger share of the food market in their regions will be better positioned to control more water resources.
(B) Most agricultural practices in areas with water shortages are water- intensive.
(C) Other regions of the world not facing water shortages are likely to make for the reduction in agricultural output.
(D) Demand for agricultural products in the group’s region is not expected to decline.
(E) More than half of the water used for agricultural in the farmers region is lost to evaporation or leakage from irrigation channels.
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E is the correct answer .Water is being wasted. Farmers will try to minimize the water leakage and thereby ensure supply for crops.
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Many agricultural intensive areas of the world are beginning to encounter water scarcity problems.
As a result, many farmers in these areas are likely to reduce their output as the water supply they need in order to maintain production shrinks.
However, one group of farmers in such a region plans to increase their production by implementing techniques for water conservation.
Which of the following, if true, would most strongly support the prediction that the group’s plan will succeed?
(A) Farmers that can gain a larger share of the food market in their regions will be better positioned to control more water resources.
(it is not about control it is about conservation and scarcity.)
(B) Most agricultural practices in areas with water shortages are water- intensive.
(this does not explain anything about the plan.)
(C) Other regions of the world not facing water shortages are likely to make for the reduction in agricultural output.
(other regions are not of consideration-OFS)
(D) Demand for agricultural products in the group’s region is not expected to decline.
(this does not help to say anything about the plan's success)
(E) More than half of the water used for agricultural in the farmers region is lost to evaporation or leakage from irrigation channels.
(so by conservation they can increase their productivity .i.e., plan would be a success)
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(E) because it displays a scope where techniques can be implemented for water conservation. Hence it supports the prediction.
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Hi - can someone please explain the argument for me please

This statement is confusing me ..is the conclusion saying
a) the agricultural output is reduced because of a lack of water supply ?

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b) is somehow the water needed for the existing output somehow reduced ?

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"As a result, many farmers in these areas are likely to reduce their output as the water supply they need in order to maintain production shrinks"
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We need to strengthen the prediction that one group of farmers in such a region plans to increase their production by implementing techniques for water conservation.

Water supply has shrink which will lead to the reduced o/p.
If some how we will be able to get the sufficient amount of water for the crop, the output production could be increased.
And hence the group's plan will be successful.


That is what E is saying.
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I find this sentence construct confusing:

"many farmers in these areas are likely to reduce their output as the water supply they need in order to maintain production shrinks"

What does it really mean?
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