Construction work launched on Pashmol canal
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Reconstruction work on the Pashmol canal in Zheri district of southern Kandahar province has been launched, a project that would help irrigate thousands of acres of land.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by deputy governor Abdul Ali Shamsi, Zheri district chief Haji Jamal Agha and a number of tribal elders.
Shamsi told Pajhwok Afghan News the canal was being reconstructed under the Food Zone Programme with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Reconstruction of the 18-kilometre long canal, which had not been repaired over the past 35 years, was estimated to cost $171,000, he said.
The project would help thousands of families in the district to irrigate their fields and orchards, the official said.
He said currently farmers used machines to fetch ground water for irrigation purpose and it was an expensive method that forced many growers to cultivate poppy crop.
The deputy governor said the project had been designed as per people’s wishes and farmers had promised not to grow poppy in their fields once the canal reconstruction was completed.
He said projects were being implemented under the Food Zone Programme in areas where the illicit plant was grown.
The Zheri district chief called the canal project an important one as it would irrigate thousands of acres of land.
A resident of Seydan area of Zheri district, Syed Mohammad Agha, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Pashmol canal remained dried up for the last two years, depriving residents of irrigation waters.
He said water would increase in the canal once reconstructed and people would switch to food and legal crops instead of poppies.
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