0317 GMT August 13, 2020
Abbas Zare’, the manager of the ministry’s new project for developing irrigation systems across the country, said this year, 162,000 hectares of farmlands are planned to be equipped with such systems, ILNA reported.
Of this figure, 32,000 hectares have already been equipped with the systems, he said, adding the project is currently under implementation in the remaining 130,000 hectares.
Zare’ noted that the Agriculture Ministry’s plan for developing the country’s irrigation systems was defined in line with the resistance economy policies, determined by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and has had, and will have, direct impacts on the country’s food security and self-sufficiency.
So far, more than 2.4 million hectares of the country's farmlands have been equipped with modern irrigation systems, the official said.
“Thanks to the government’s effective supports, the implementation of the project has, so far, helped reduce water consumption by 44 percent in the equipped farmlands and led to a 30 percent increase in their production,” Zare’ noted.
The consumption of fertilizers and pesticides has also been reduced by up to 30 percent, he added.
Earlier, Zare’ noted that the ministry’s plan for developing new irrigation systems had witnessed a significant leap in the past three years.
In April, Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said his ministry has equipped 301,000 hectares of farmlands in the country with irrigation and drainage networks since 2017.
Ardakanian added the ministry has placed on its agenda equipping 2.86 million hectares of lands in the downstream of the country’s dams with irrigation systems.
He said the plan has been implemented in 2.4 million hectares of lands, expressing hope that it will be completed by 2027.