Contracts for rebuilding 17 irrigation networks signed
KABUL (Pajhwok): Contracts for reconstruction of 17 irrigation networks were signed between the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) and private companies on Saturday, an official said.
Deputy agriculture minister, Abdul Qadir Jawad, during the contracts’ signing ceremony in Kabul, said the projects would cost 119 million afghanis to be paid from the ministry’s development budget.
Besides bringing under irrigation 7,500 acres of farmland in Kabul, Logar and Parwan provinces, the execution of the projects would also prevent water wastage and increase agriculture production by 20 percent, he said.
He said six of the irrigation networks would be repaired in Qarabagh and Deh Sabz districts of Kabul, seven in Bagram district of Parwan and four in Logar province.
Work on the projects would be launched soon and finished until the end of the current solar year, Jawad said. The schemes would also generate job opportunities for 63,000 people and benefit 3,000 families in their areas, he added.
Jawad asked representatives of the private companies who were awarded the projects to do their works according to their contracts. Those who did not follow the rules would be deal with in accordance with the law, he said.
Haji Abdul Qahir, head of Irrigation Association for Kabul, Parwan and Logar provinces, told Pajhwok the reconstruction of the irrigation networks would provide facilitate farmers.
He asked MAIL to activate such networks in other provinces to improve agriculture production in the country.
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