Afghanistan inaugurates UNDP-funded water canal in north
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Afghanistan inaugurates UNDP-funded water canal in north

Afghan authorities have inaugurated a water canal in Dawlatabad district of the northern Balkh province to irrigate over 8,000 hectares of land.

A provincial government official, Mohammad Ibrahim, announced this to journalists in Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan on Saturday.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) financed the canal project at a cost of 20 million afghanis $230,000.

The canal, which was officially inaugurated on Thursday, would facilitate the farmers to irrigate more than 8,000 hectares of land in Dawlatabad district and adjoining areas.

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Ibrahim said provincial administration would water more land in order to develop the agriculture sector and increase agricultural production.

Last year, the Acting Deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban-run establishment, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, inaugurated the construction of a 285 kilometres-long water canal in Qush Tepa area.

The canal would irrigate 550,000 hectares of land in Balkh and the neighbouring Jawzjan and Faryab provinces. (Xinhua)




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