2 canals desilted in Badghis
QALA-I-NAW (PAN): Around 950 acres of barren land has become arable with the desilting and construction of canals and water heads in northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Thursday.
The repair and cleaning of the canals in Zad Naseer and Awlade Musa areas of Maqur district took six months to complete, Eng. Mohammad Yaqub, the irrigation director, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Funded by the World Bank, the projects would make cultivable 950 acres of land, which had become barren due to non-availability of water, he said, explaining 38m afghanis ($808,500) was spent on the canals, a 2,220-metre-long retaining wall and a 95 metres water head
“The canal had gone dry six years ago,” said Zmarai, a tribal elder from the Zad Naseer area. Most of the crops were rain-fed and their land was not cultivable during the canals’ closure, he added.
Of the 113,000 hectares of arable land in the province, 80 percent is rain-fed.
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