Water-harvesting brings growth to Karak's desert zones

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AMMAN — More than 16 rainwater-harvesting pits in eastern Karak have helped provide water for cattlemen during the summer and enhance the environment and agricultural activity in desert areas, while constituting a key investment project in the field of water harvesting, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The establishment of the harvesting pits was a joint effort between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Jordan Armed Forces – Arab Army (JAF), which have put the concept of harvesting pits and domestic wells into action in recent years, gathering large quantities of water that would typically flood from the desert through the governorate’s valleys and go to waste.

Director of the Karak Agriculture Directorate Misbah Tarawneh said the harvesting pits have reached 70 percent of their total capacity of 250,000 cubic meters thus far. He added that there are more than 12,000 domestic wells distributed across the governorate.

To combat climate change, he continued, the ministry is working on a project to plant forests over an area of 3,000 dunums, as well as conducting awareness campaigns on the importance of added-value crops that do not require much irrigation.

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