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Construction of an for irrigation network for Talloussa municipality (UNDP)

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UNDP grant : 25,000$ for irrigation network and reservoirs for agricultural land.

The village of <article3774> mainly relies on all types of agricultural produces such as Tobacco,
Citrus, Thyme, Olives and summer fruits. Agriculture land represents 70% of the village’s area
and there are around 100 farmers in the village living from the cultivation of seeds, olives and
tobacco. <article3774> is gifted with different sources of water: an artesian well dig by Suisse
donors in 2007, a catchments pond, and a water tank reservoir located at the top of the village
that is weekly filled by the municipality. However, the farmers are currently transporting water
from the catchments pond to their lands by using costly water trucks (25,000L.L/ truck).

Therefore, the project aims at linking the well, the catchments pond and the main water
reservoir to 13 plastic water tanks located next to agricultural lands. The farmers will use this
available water to irrigate their lands at a symbolic price. The water reservoirs will be located
next to the main roads and close to agricultural lands, each farmer will extend a hose from the
reservoir to enable water to reach their land. The tanks were intentionally chosen to be in plastic
rather than concrete for two reasons : less costly and can easily be moved to other locations if
need is presented. Farmers will only pay 2000 L.L/ 4000 Liters used; this will be regulated thank
to a water counter controlled by a municipality officer; thus covering the operating costs bared
by the municipality.

The project is part of a comprehensive and sustainable plan advocating the long term vision of
the municipality. It will benefit farmers and the entire village’s community since it will permit a
better irrigation of lands at a minimized cost and will thus increase the agricultural production
leading to more profits for farmers.

A detailed study was conducted to determine the location and distribution of water tanks in
order to reach the maximum surface of land in the less costly manner.

Thank to this project 75% of the village’s agricultural lands will be covered to have close access
to irrigation channels.

Source : UNDP