KABUL: Afghanistan has implemented as many as 235 irrigation projects in 2018, benefitting over 1.2 million people in 34 provinces, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said on Sunday.
According to a statement, Irrigation and Natural Resources Deputy of MAIL Hashmatullah Ghafori during a press conference said that MAIL succeeded to implement 235 irrigation projects included canals, dams, water reservation and water networks at total cost of 2.9 billion afghanis in 34 provinces in the solar year of 1397.
He said that that 1.2 million people and 51 hectares of lands benefited through the running of mentioned projects. Running of aforementioned project prevented wasting of water, before nearly 50 percent of water was wasting, he added. After implementation of these projects wasting of water prevented by 35 percent, he noted. MAIL has started practical work over Zamindawar, Andkhoy and Khoshtepa canals.
He elaborated that the Khoshtepa canal is one of the biggest irrigation project, which its survey, design and economic studies of that was signed with USAID last week. This canal length is 250-km and will cover 2.5 million acres of agriculture lands in Kunduz, Balkh and Jawzjan provinces.
Also the work of survey of Musa Qala and Zamin Dawar canals have been started, which the Musa Qala dam with the capacity of 290 cubic meters water in each hour will be built and it will cover 11850 hectares of lands, he mentioned.
He stated that similar Zamin Dawar canal with the capacity of five cubic meter water in very secant will cover 8,209 acres. The allocation for Musa Qala dam and Zamin Dawar canals is over 247 million afs, which their survey will be completed in early September 2019.