6 Million Euro Agreement Signed to Fund Irrigation Projects in Northern Jordan Valley Areas

Fund to Support North Jordan Valley Farmers with Better Irrigation Supplies

تم نشره في Thu 18 February / Feb 2016. 07:42 PM - آخر تعديل في Thu 18 February / Feb 2016. 07:43 PM

AMMAN—Al Ghad— Minister of Water and Irrigation, Dr. Hazim El-Nasser, signed an agreement last Wednesday 17th of February, with German government-owned KfW Development Bank to fund and execute irrigation enhancement projects north of the Jordan Valley worth 6 million euros. The projects are directed towards the enhancement of irrigation and water sourcing as well as the quality of the waters used by local farmers.

Minister El-Nasser explained that the department is working closely with other official parties to secure more funding and international grants for the development and execution of new projects in northern governorates of Jordan, mainly in the fields of irrigation, water supplies, and sewerage networks.

Recent developments, he added, regarding influx of Syrian refugees press on the matter as demand on water increases due to residential congestions that pull strain on the Country’s infrastructure. And “although practical steps are being taken to address these issues by the Ministry, it is becoming increasingly difficult in face of accumulating burdens of current conditions”, he points out.

According to Dr. Nasser, the German Development Bank will —as agreed upon in the agreement signed by their representative Sawsan Al Arori alongside the Minister, fund the three main stages of the project: The construction of an irrigation pipeline 9 kilometres in length between pump stations 33 and 24, a 30 thousand cubic-meter tank, and a pump on the 42nd kilo to supply farmers of the north Jordan Valley with processed irrigation water.

Furthermore, the agreement entails high-end specifications and standards in order to enable the supply of residents in the area with quality drinking water as well as supply farmers with processed irrigation water through the 600-millimetre pipeline.

These developments are expected to improve environmental conditions on one side, better the overall conditions of Jordanians in those areas, as well as meet the huge strains of Syrian refuge in Jordan.