Jordan signs new water, agriculture agreements
Germany is helping Jordan to employ environment-friendly materials in the fight against agricultural pests and has allocated $3 million toward the effort, according to an agreement signed at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and the Environment.
The agreement, signed by Minister Abdul Rahim Ekour and a representative of the German Agency for Technical Development (GTZ), entails the implementation of the project over the period from now until the end of 2005, according to the minister. He said the German aid would help Jordan begin using safer materials that do not damage soil and agricultural products when used to combat pests.
According to Ekour, the project is to be implemented in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture and is compatible with the Montreal Protocol on the protection of the ozone layer, which Jordan signed in 1989. Last year, several experiments employing the new environment-friendly materials were conducted successfully in the Jordan Valley and Baqaa areas.
Also on Sunday, Jordan and South Korea signed an agreement providing for a 5 million Jordanian dinars (JD) loan from Korea to help finance the expansion of the Madaba wastewater treatment system.
Minister of Planning Jawad Hadid and South Korean Ambassador to Jordan Jong-Hwa Choe signed the agreement along with a supplementary agreement on the management of the loan which stipulates that it will be paid back over a 30-year period at 2.5 percent annual interest, with an initial 10-year moratorium on repayment.
Hadid voiced appreciation for the Korean government's assistance, while the Korean ambassador voiced hope that the project would help curtail pollution caused by wastewater in the Madaba region. — ( Jordan Times )
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