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State Program for Development of Irrigation of Kyrgyzstan for 2017-2026 approved

Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov signed a decree on approval of the State Program for the Development of Irrigation of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2017-2026, the government’s press service reported.

The overwhelming majority of the irrigation infrastructure in the republic is exploited for 30, 40 or more years. Given the population growth in recent years, the need to build irrigation facilities and the introduction of new irrigated lands is the most topical and urgent task for Kyrgyzstan.

The state program provides for the construction of irrigation infrastructure to provide rural residents with new irrigated land. The new irrigated lands introduced for the cultivation of agricultural products will improve the socio-economic situation and ensure the development of the regions, and will also contribute to addressing food security and poverty alleviation.

The state program will allow to introduce 66.5 thousand hectares of new irrigated lands, to increase 51,08 thousand hectares of land, and to improve land reclamation on 50,000 hectares.

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