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Central Highlands to shore up irrigation

Update: July, 01/2014 - 09:23
Central Highlands provinces plan to build more than 2,080 irrigation facilities and upgrade nearly 700 in order to supply more water for the ethnic minority population. — Photo baogialai

DAK LAK (VNS) — Central Highlands provinces plan to build more than 2,080 irrigation facilities and upgrade nearly 700 in order to supply more water for the ethnic minority population, both for daily use and production activities.

Construction, funded by the State budget, will start immediately. The work will be completed by 2020, according to the Central Highlands Steering Committee. At that point, the region will have more than 3,740 irrigation facilities, providing water for 511,080 hectares of crops or 80 per cent of the region's farmland.

The region will start by building 23 reservoirs and dams at key areas in the region such as K'rong Pak Lake, Ea H'Leo, Ya Mo and Ia Bang in Dak Lak, Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces.

Many of the region's 2,352 irrigation facilities, including reservoirs, dams and pump stations, are seriously degraded. Some have been used for 25 years and not maintained even once.

Moreover, they only supply water to 50 per cent of the region's crops. The rest are irrigated with water from wells, lakes and rivers.

Dak Lak province received the most investment for irrigation facilities, but these will only cover 70 per cent of the province's farmland. — VNS

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