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    Dozens of Badghis canals desilted

    QALA-I-NAW (PAN): Around 2150 acres of barren land has become arable with the desilting of canals and construction of a retaining wall in northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Monday.

    The cleaning of canals in Zaad Ali, Mohammad Ali, Zaad Saleh and Qades Khurdak villages of Qadis district took four months to complete, Eng. Mohammad Yaqub, the irrigation director, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the projects would irrigate 2,150 acres of land, which had become barren due to non-availability of water, he said.

    The director explained 16,080,000 afghanis ($335,000) was spent on cleaning the canals and building a 750-metre retaining wall.

    “The canal had gone dry three years ago,” recalled Dad Mohammad, a resident of the Mohammad Ali area. Most of 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.