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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