Syria inaugurates first phase of pumping station in major agricultural area
Syria's Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Ottri on Wednesday inaugurated the first phase of the pumping station to irrigate projects of the fifth and sixth section in Al-Balikh basin at Tel al-Somen region in Raqqa, North East Syria.
The project includes the main pumping station which is consisted of six groups that propel 25 cubic meters of water per second to irrigate projects in the area. This includes the two phases of the projects that cover 8,000 hectar in the first phase and 12,000 hectar in the second.
According to SANA, the project which is executed by the Military Housing Establishment in cooperation with a local contracting company has cost about SP 400 million with an expectation of getting at SP 800 million at the end of the first phase.
The pumping station is one of seven others in Raqqa region that are supervised by the General Establishment for Land Reform. It irrigates about 1,000 hectar.
Raqqa is producing some 200,000 tons of cotton, 430,000 tons of wheat, 200,000 tons of sugar beet and about 50,000 tons of maize annually in addition to many other agricultural products.