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News Tunisia: 60 farmers have access to treated irrigation water thanks to EU project

On 3 June 2016, the Minister of Agriculture of Tunisia, Mr. Saad Seddik, visited and officially inaugurated the pilot plant for the desalination of brackish waters built in the framework of the EU-funded ACCBAT project, implemented under the Cross Border Cooperation programme in the Mediterranean Basin (CBCMed). The desalination unit is able to reduce the amount of salt in water from 5.8gr/l to 0 for about 200m3 of water per day. The demonstration farm has been also equipped with a 600m3 water storage for the mix of desalinated water and brackish water. This water, with reduced salt concentration (about 1.5gr/l) is used by 60 farmers for the irrigation of greenhouses crop such as tomatoes and cucumbers.

The ACCBAT project aims to improve water demand management and ensure water needs of the agricultural sector through the increase of water-use efficiency and of use of treated wastewater. Pilot actions, reinforcement of capacity building and training in Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia are the key activities to achieve these objectives.

 The ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007/2013 is a multilateral cross-border cooperation programme funded by the European Union under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. It aims at reinforcing cooperation between the EU and partner countries' regions located along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea

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Source of information EU Neighbourhood Info Centre
Geographical coverage Tunisia,
News date 10/06/2016
Working language(s) ARABIC , ENGLISH , FRENCH