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Central Highlands region to build more irrigation works

Update: February, 26/2014 - 08:44

The irrigation works include 670 reservoirs, 250 dams and 30 pump stations.— File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces will build about 950 irrigation works to 2020, according to the Central Highlands' Steering Committee.

The irrigation works include 670 reservoirs, 250 dams and 30 pump stations.

The region will also upgrade about 590 kinds of existing irrigation works by 2020.

The total investment capital for upgrading and building irrigation works is estimated to be VND79 trillion (US$3.7 million).

The capital will come from the State budget, Official Development Assistance loans, investors and local residents.

The upgrading and building of the irrigation works will help to increase the supply of irrigation water to more than 80 per cent of the region's farmland by 2020.

As of the end of last year, the region's irrigation works supply irrigation water for nearly 71 per cent of the region's farming areas that are in need of it.

To date, the region has built a total of 2,115 irrigation works, including 1,035 reservoirs, 970 dams and 110 pump stations, according to the steering committee.

Existing irrigation works have helped expand the region's farmland to nearly 1.9 million hectares.

Of the area's 561,534ha of coffee, 232,600ha have water accessed from irrigation works.

In these areas, farmers can grow two to three crops a year and achieve a yield two to three times higher than areas without irrigation works.

However, many small- and medium-size irrigation works in the region are in disrepair as they have not been maintained properly, according to several government agencies.

The region has a total area of 54,474 sq.km, accounting for 16.8 per cent of the country's total area. The area's soil and climate is suitable for cultivation of industrial trees like coffee and rubber. — VNS

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