The Chinese government has allocated Morocco a $6.4 million preferential loan for the construction of three dams to supply drinking water to the country’s rural regions, reported MAP.
The first dam, located in Ifrane will collect enough irrigated water for 670 hectares of land. The second dam will supply drinking water to the population of Chefchaouen and the third dam will supply drinking water to the residents of Al-Hoceima.
Last year, Morocco embarked on an initiative to construct nine new major dams and eight mid-size dams by 2004, in an effort to alleviate water shortages in the country. The agricultural sector in Morocco consumes about 80 percent of the available water in the Kingdom, estimated at 14 billion cubic meters. — (menareport.com)
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