Jordan Valley Authority, USAID sign grant agreement to address water challenges

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The new projects seek to increase the amount of water by about 8 million cubic meters. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Secretary-General of the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA) Manar Al-Mahasneh signed a $15,340 million agreement with representatives of USAID to implement a pack of projects aimed at reducing water loss and improve the efficiency of surface water resources in the Jordan Valley.اضافة اعلان

Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar said during the signing ceremony that his ministry is committed to supporting farmers and providing them with all capabilities to maximize the national agriculture output, which positively reflects on both farmers and local communities in line with the national water strategy.

Water loss reduction projects, Najjar pointed out, can also boost water reserves, upgrade water facilities in the Jordan Valley and maintain water and irrigation infrastructure. The new projects seek to increase the amount of water by about 8 million cubic meters.

JVA Secretary-General Manar Mahasneh cited the Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement (FARA6) projects pack that involves implementing a number of projects in the Jordan Valley. $14 million of the projects cost is donated by the USAID with a JVA contribution of $1.4 million. The total value of the FARA projects conducted by the water sector is $152 million.

Mahasneh noted that the USAID donation also includes revising and preparing designs and tender documents, as well as refurbishing the Karama warehouse for equipment and appliances.

She pointed out the importance of the project as being one of the integrated cooperation programs signed between the Ministry of Water and Irrigation/JVA and the USAID for five years at a cost of $34 million.

Present at the signing were Water Authority Secretary-General Bashar Al-Bataineh, Water Ministry Secretary-General Jihad Al-Mahamid, Yarmouk Water Company Chairman Hussein Al-Saoub, and Miyahuna General Manager Mohammad Al-Oran.

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