Rehabilitation of a Water Irrigation Channel and Pumping Stations and Agricultural Support in Deir-ez-Zor

Agriculture has always been a prominent sector in Deir ez-Zor supporting the economy with the production of crops such as wheat, cotton, sesame, and vegetables. And prior to the war, agricultural cooperatives played a prominent role in supporting the availability of fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, seeds and fuel, in addition to providing input and feedback services, free of charge or at significantly reduced prices. They also supported farmers with water supply and transporting and selling their products. Currently, the role of agricultural cooperatives is limited to operating irrigation water pumps to provide irrigation water to farmers. However, damaged infrastructure, including pumps, canals, and electrical networks, make distribution of irrigation water inefficient. This project aims to benefit farmers in number of communities in Deir-ez-Zor through rehabilitation of a main irrigation canal, distribution network and number of pump stations, additionally, the project will provide farmers with required inputs and equipment to farm their lands with Syrian varieties of wheat. A non-governmental organization will implement the project.

  1. Rehabilitation of an irrigation canal and its pumping stations 1 & 2. The rehabilitation work will include cleaning the water canals, restoring and isolating the damaged concrete parts, repairing the pump station, maintaining pumps, rehabilitating buildings, and modernizing the electrical network. It is expected that the canal rehabilitation will directly benefit 20,000 farmers who grow 12,000 hectares of land.
  2. Rehabilitation of the irrigation water distribution network and its pumps in seven agricultural communities. The rehabilitation work includes maintenance or replacement of equipment such as pumps, valves and generators, and rehabilitation of canals, which will restore the irrigation capacity in the targeted communities.
  3. Providing agricultural support to farmers by supporting cooperative agricultural societies, whereby basic agricultural inputs will be distributed to farmers registered with cooperative societies in seven targeted local communities. It will include (wheat seed, public safety clothing, pesticide spraying equipment, and agricultural cooperatives will be provided with agricultural tractors and combine harvesters. It is expected that 3,010 farmers will plant 1,555 hectares of land as a result of this.
    4. Provide "cash-for-work " opportunities through agricultural infrastructure rehabilitation activities.

    With a total budget of EUR 8.7 million, and a six month implementation period, the intervention aims to improve the living conditions of the residents of the targeted areas by enhancing their economic security and a sense of stability. It is expected that more than 23,000 farmers will directly benefit from this intervention and around 133,000 people to benefit indirectly in the targeted areas.

For further information on the project, please see:

SRTF Approves Three New Stabilization Interventions in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor for EUR 10.3 Million

For more information on the SRTF visit:

http://www.srtfund.org

Media outlets may contact:

communications@srtfund.org


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