‘Dilapidated’ Afghan irrigation system receives needed boost from FAO

A $27.7 million technical assistance grant will finally allow Afghan farmers to have sufficient water and a functioning irrigation system to boost crop production.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization made the announcement Tuesday, Feb. 14. The U.N. agency signed an agreement with the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water to provide technical expertise and training to implement the Irrigation Restoration and Development Project.

Under the agreement, FAO will train ministry personnel to use modern design and management methods, and farmers to adopt better water management practices, and operate and maintain irrigation systems.

The project is financed mainly by a World Bank grant. In addition to rehabilitating the irrigation system, the six-year project aims to build small storage dams and develop hydro-meteorological networks to monitor weather conditions, water flow and water quality issues.

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