$53 million worthImplementation of water and soil protection project [Archives:2004/778/Business & Economy]

October 4 2004

The ministry of Agriculture is, from the beginning of next November, implementing a project for the protection of waters and soil in fifteen of the country's governorates at an estimated cost of more than $ 53 million.
The project aims at limiting danger of water exhaustion and the increase of subterranean and overland waters production through:
-improvement of water transport systems for irrigation purposes,
-improvement of methods of re-feeding of subterranean waters,
-protection of waterfalls,
-supporting of institutions working in the field of waters and group of water consumers.
It is scheduled that the project would be finished by the end of 209 when there would be an improvement in transferring water via plastic and iron pipes to an area of 27 thousand hectares.
The project also aims at reducing proportion of water loss through the installation of modern irrigation systems feeding 440 thousand hectares. It also involves the improvement of irrigation with small flowing water torrents of 33 installations and rehabilitation of 22 medium-capacity installations for irrigation by water torrents, the building and re-qualification of canal control installations in 126 establishments and the implementation of works meant for protecting valley sides at 105 sites.
The project also is meant for protection of agricultural terraces, preserving waters and soil in the heights whose length is 193 thousand and 235 hundred meters for an area of 1105 hectares, in addition t0 protection of valley banks of around 227 sites sprawled on an area of 2519 hectares.
The project is also aimed at providing protection of soil at 129 sites against torrents for an agricultural area of estimated at 530 hectares as well as building 269 new water reservoirs with a capacity of 35 thousand and 600 cubic meters and rehabilitation of 127 reservoirs.
It is decided that the project offers support for establishments and parties concerned with waters through training and providing requirements for civil works and consultative services.
The project's work would cover ten field units in 269 districts distributed over 15 governorates, namely, Sana'a, Amran, Saada, Thamar, Al-Baidha, Hudeida, Taiz, Ibb, Lahj, Abyan, Shabwa, Hajjah, Dhalie and Hadramout.
It is also expected that the project would upon its execution provide 47 million cubic meters of waters a year, equaling 1.8% of renewable water resources in Yemen and feeding about 1.25 million people of Yemeni cities population.