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Multi-billion USD irrigation plan approved for Central Highlands

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a master plan on irrigation for the Central Highlands to 2030 with a vision to 2050 with total investment of more than VND103 trillion (nearly US$4.4 billion).

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Of the investment, over VND93 trillion will be spent on water supply, nearly VND7.6 trillion on water drainage and flood prevention, and VND1.3 trillion on non-construction solutions.

The capital will be sourced from annual allocation of the State budget, investment from economic sectors and contributions of residents in target areas.

 The irrigation master plan aims to enhance the  region’s capacity to adapt to climate change, serve agricultural restructuring, modernise the region’s irrigation systems and ensure water supply for agricultural and industrial production, and residents’ daily life.

 Specifically, the plan targets to ensure water supply for more than 1.16 million ha of arable land and meet 90% of water demand in industry and daily life. Another important goal is to ensure water drainage for rains with a 10% rainfall recurrence interval.

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 Under the plan, 408 irrigation works will be built or repaired and upgraded in the Sesan river basin sub-region, along with 345 works in the Ba river upper basin sub-region, 646 works in the Dong Nai river upper basin sub-region, and 707 works in the Srepok river upper basin sub-region.

 Regarding non-construction solutions, the plan calls for enhancing the efficiency of the management and operation of irrigation works, building and modernising forecast and warning systems, researching and applying advanced water-saving irrigation systems and studying the use of surface water instead of ground water.

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 The region targeted by the plan is home to five Central Highland provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong.

VNA

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