0513 GMT November 27, 2020
Abbas Zare added that modern irrigation systems are under construction for 131,099 hectares, while the systems were put into operation for 53,953 hectares, IRNA reported.
The purpose of implementing the plan of modern irrigation systems is to boost the productivity and sustainability of water and soil resources in the country to ensure the sustainable production of agricultural products.
According to Zare, in the current Iranian year, about $380.9 million have been allocated from the annual budget and the National Development Fund (NDF) for the development of various irrigation methods.
The official said that the implementation of this plan will increase the irrigation efficiency of the farmlands to 44 percent, which will increase the production capacity of agricultural products by 30 percent.
In May, Zare said that the plan for developing new irrigation systems has witnessed a significant leap in the past three years, as it is most effective in increasing the efficiency of water and soil resources and strengthening the country’s food security.
The official expressed hope that considering the budget allocated for the provinces, the ministry will finish the project in minimum time.