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Effort to modernize Tajikistan irrigation systems gets under way

Irrigation systems in Tajikistan – and the ways in which they are managed – should see improvement under a two-year FAO project just getting under way here.

Valued at US$ 468,000, the new project is aimed at modernizing irrigation systems and increasing agricultural productivity in a country that is highly dependent on irrigation.

Direct beneficiaries will be farmers on dekhans or privately owned commercial farms, members of local water users associations, and the Federation of Water Users Associations in the Govkush canal irrigation system, Vahdat district, Fayzabad district, and the Kofarnihon river basin.

“The project will enable water users in pilot regions to enhance their knowledge and capacity on water management, and to adopt best practices in expanding irrigated agriculture profitably,” said Viorel Gutu, FAO Representative in Tajikistan.

The project will work on irrigation issues from several different angles:

development of new policy approaches
training of trainers
on-the-job training for hydro-technicians in water users associations and in the Federation
purchase and installation of equipment, including two excavators, handheld GPS units and application, computers, and specialized agricultural tools.

Selected nongovernmental organizations and cooperatives will work in partnership with the project, providing advisory services to water users and the private sector on the development of “business plans.” Other partners will include the National Agrarian University, extension services, and national experts.

The technical assistance project comes in response to a request from Tajikistan’s Agency for Land Reclamation and Irrigation, and falls under FAO’s Country Programming Framework with Tajikistan.

8 June 2016, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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