Yemen: Water and Soil Preservation project moves ahead

Published March 13th, 2005 - 02:06 GMT

Water and Soil Preservation, a project funded by the World Bank, is entering its second phase in the Yemeni province of Dhamar. This phase, a seven-year-long program, will include new installations of iron and plastic water pipes, credits for farmers and reclamation of stream paths.


Under this phase, new water reservoirs and drainage channels will be constructed for rainwater collection in all counties of Dhamar. According to SABA, they will be meant to dam the streams flowing through the valleys of Ramma, Zabid, Siham, Bana and the lowlands of Jahran, Bakil, al-Haql, Shiraa, al-Daylami, al-Sawad, bilsan and Bani Sawadah.


According to Abdullah Amer, the Director of Farms for Dhamar and Beidha, $400,000 would be spent on constructing projects for damming up torrents, $200,000 on 113 water reservoirs and $150,000 on fences for protecting agricultural lands. "Torrent breakers will be set up at a cost of $150,000 for curbing torrents and holding precipitants, while G.R irrigation system will be introduced at a subsidized price in order to ration irrigation waters."

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