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Farmers happy as Dehla Dam reservoir fills to overflow

Farmers happy as Dehla Dam reservoir fills to overflow

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22 Apr 2023 - 19:55
Farmers happy as Dehla Dam reservoir fills to overflow
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22 Apr 2023 - 19:55

KABUL (Pajhwok): Water level in the Dehla Dam of southern Kandahar province has surged which made local farmers thrilled as their lands may receive enough water for irrigation this season.

Ahmad Shah, a farmer from the Arghandab district, told Pajhwok Afghan News this year he cultivated more wheat because he was expecting a good season this time.

The underground water level had declined, most wells dried up and farmers were faced with lots of problems, he added.

“There was no water supply from the dam and most wells dried up now that the level of water in Dehla Dam had surge we are so happy that our lands would receive water,” he said.

Dehla Dam irrigates lands in Shah Wali Kot, Arghandab, Daman, Zhrai, Miwand and Panjwae districts.

Local officials, however, said that over the past few years the Dehla Dam reservoir was not filled and urged farmers to take care of water while irrigating their lands.

Agriculture Department Spokesperson Nangyalai Samon said: “We want farmers to be careful with the use of water because the water available in the reservoir would be needed in the future.”

Mullah Syed Sharaft, head of the River Zone Department, said that Dehla dam basin is filled 64 percent with mud and asked people to be careful in the irrigation of their farms.

He added in the past there was plan for the extension of Dehla Dam which still existing but there was no fund for the project.

“We have pan we have determination to further enhance the Dehala Dame. We talked with NGOs but still no fund had been arranged,” he said.

According to Sharafat the land acquisition issue had been resolved and villages which affected had been distributed alternative places.

He said no calculation had been done so far to determine the amount need for the project.

Former Agriculture Minister and Political Affair Experts Hamid Helmandi said: “Underground level water is our national assists and belonged to all Afghans so we should strive individually to protect it and keep it clean for the sake of our future generation.”

Built in 1942 during King Zahir Shah Monarchy, Dehla Dame has the capacity to keep 500 million cubic water but currently 64 percent of its basement is filled with mud and incapable to reserve water according to its capacity.

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