NGHE AN (VNS)— Nearly US$274 million will be allocated to upgrade the irrigation system in the central province of Nghe An from 2013-19 to ensure water for nearly 28,000 hectares of agricultural land and daily use.
Ho Duc Phoc, chairman of the provincial People's Committee, said the project, funded mostly by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), would contribute to meeting water demands for not only agricultural purposes but also daily use and industrial production.
JICA Chief Representative Tsuno Motonori said at his working session with provincial leaders on Friday that the project would help the province's hunger eradication and poverty reduction programmes as well as adaptability to climate change and rising sea levels. Under the project, the North Nghe An irrigation system will be fixed and upgraded to water nearly 28,000 hectares of land.
The system will be improved to also supply water for daily use and the Dong Hoi Industrial complexes.
The 75-year old system is in desperate need of repair and is currently only able to water half the area it was designed for.
The province would facilitate the implementation of the project with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, JICA and relevant agencies, the ambassador said.
This is one of 11 projects under loan agreements worth nearly US$1.9 billion signed by Deputy Minister of Finance Truong Chi Trung and JICA Chief Representative Tsuno Motonori on March 22. — VNS