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Dong Thap to get more pumping stations

Update: June, 13/2014 - 08:38
Under the plan, which costs about VND367 billion (US$17.5 million), the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province will build 113 electric pumping stations to provide irrigation water for 15,600ha of farmland in the first phase during the 2014–15 period.— File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Dong Thap Province People's Committee has approved a plan to build electric-pumping stations to serve farming from now to 2020.

Under the plan, which costs about VND367 billion (US$17.5 million), the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province will build 113 electric pumping stations to provide irrigation water for 15,600ha of farmland in the first phase during the 2014–15 period.

By 2015, the water pumping stations will irrigate at least 180,000 ha of farmland, equal to 74 per cent of the province's total farmland last year.

In the 2016-20 second phase, an additional 274 pump stations will be built to serve 25,500ha of farmland.

By 2020, the province will have 203,500ha of farmland receiving water from the pumping stations, equal to 85 per cent of the province's total farmland last year.

The plan will give priority to electric pumping stations to areas that have completed dykes and irrigation systems, and have high irrigation demand.

The plan also aims to replace existing diesel-fuelled pumping stations. — VNS

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