New irrigation lines commissioned in Iran’s two provinces
BAKU, Azerbaijan, August 13
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
New irrigation lines have been put into operation in the western Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Ilam on August 13 to supply water to 23,000 hectares of agricultural land, Trend reports citing Ministry of Energy of Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian, Minister of Agriculture Jihad Kazem Khavazi and other officials attended the event dedicated to commissioning of the irrigation lines via video conference.
According to the report, the irrigation lines were laid with the joint investment of the Iranian Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad.
In total, 17.7 trillion rials (about $422 million) has been invested to these irrigation lines.
“Of this amount, 12.6 trillion rials [about $301 million] was invested by the Ministry of Energy of Iran,” the report said.
The irrigation lines will supply water to 35,000 hectares of agricultural land by the end of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2021).
According to the report, with the commissioning of these irrigation lines, the production of grain, corn and vegetables in Iran's Kermanshah and Ilam provinces will increase by 90,000 tons worth 1.25 trillion rials (about $29.7 million) a year.
The goal of the project is to reduce the effects of drought, meet the sector's needs in water supply and develop agriculture.
With the commissioning of these irrigation lines, 31,500 people were employed in agriculture sector. When the project is fully operational, in total, about 47,000 people will be employed in the two provinces.