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News Turkish project earmarks water for North Cyprus irrigation

The ground-breaking ceremony for a Turkish-sponsored irrigation project in Northern Cyprus was held on 26 December.

The project -- which consist of a 5.7-kilometer (3.5 mile) tunnel for supplying water to farmlands -- is being added to current water supply facilities from Turkey to  Northern Cyprus (territory occupied by Turkey).

Under the new project, about half of 75 million cubic meters of fresh water sent annually through an existing underwater pipeline is expected to be used for irrigation purposes.

“The irrigated water to be transported to North Cyprus will be a significant contribution to the development of this part of the island while also helping conserve its existing resources,” Turkish Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said in the Turkish Cypriot coastal town of Girne, at the ceremony for the 184 million lira ($34.8 million) project.

He added that more irrigated farming would create agricultural job opportunities.

Expected to enhance the range of produce grown on the island, the project is set to add an annual 100 million Turkish liras ($18.9 million) to the Northern Cypriot economy and expand its agricultural sector by 20 percent.

Since 2015, Turkey has been delivering fresh drinking water to North Cyprus via an 80-km (50 mi) pipeline from Alakopru Dam in Turkey’s Mersin province on its Eastern Mediterranean coast.

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Geographical coverage Turkey,
News date 14/01/2019
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