Nangarhar’s Behsud canal project finally put into service
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A canal project, irrigating nearly 1,050 hectares of land and protecting thousands of acres from flooding, was inaugurated upon completion in Behsud district of eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday.
The project, executed by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) at a total cost of $1 million, was inaugurated by the rural development minister and the Nangarhar governor.
Governor Saleem Khan Kunduzi after inaugurating the canal, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the canal originating from Kunar River in Abdulkhel district had 15 kilometres length.
“The waterway has eight other sub-canals. They benefit more than 5,100 families and irrigate 1050 hectares of land.”
Kunduzi said the canal in Behsud district would protect from flooding large swaths of land and help increase crops yield.
Rural Development Minister Naseer Ahmad Durrani said the $1 million canal project took three years to complete.
“Nangarhar’s lands are more appropriate for agriculture and I am committed to giving such agricultural projects a priority.”
The minister said the MRRD had put into service hundreds of development projects in Nangarhar and would execute other similar projects soon.
“Before the canal’s construction, floods would inundate a lot of land every year, but now the canal will not only irrigate land but will also protect it from being washed away.”
A tribal elder in the district, Malak Wilayat Khan, said the canal inauguration fulfilled residents’ 20 years old wish.
Wilayat Khan said he himself had been making efforts at initiating the canal’s construction over the past 20 years and his efforts finally bore fruit.
“Earlier there were a lot of land which remained either unusable or did not timely get irrigated due to the lack of water, but now the canal’s water would reach the fields easily and the harvests will get better.” He said the Behsud district land could be cultivated thrice a year.
A farmer in the district, Syed Jan, told Pajhwok large swath of land in the district had been useless for lacking water.
He expressed happiness over the canal project’s inauguration and said the arid land would now become arable again.
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