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Nangarhar’s Key Irrigation Canal Launched

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Nangarhar’s Key Irrigation Canal Launched

Implemented by the USAID, Nangarhar’s Kushkak Canal was inaugurated in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday.

The canal, flowing up to 10 km through six villages, will help irrigate 388 hectares of land and benefit 1,178 families in Surkhrod district. It will also help operate two micro hydropower plants and two flour mills that were previously inactive due to insufficient water supply. The plants now provide electricity to 590 families and to four poultry farms in the area.

The facility was in rehabilitation before its inauguration and the rehabilitation works included construction of 70 meter-long wall, 882 meters of side walls, three regulating gates for spillways and 17 dikes in different locations.

During the project implementation, some 60 local residents had the opportunity to work on the project, the USAID said, adding more than $185,000 injected into the local economy through daily wages and sourcing of locally available construction material like sand, gravel and stones.

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