Sunday, October 19, 2008

Irrigation Projects Improve Iraq Agriculture

Sheik Haj Hatim Sadkhan, a local national leader in the Maysan Province,
stands aside an irrigation canal built by locals in Amarah.

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER — Local Iraqi construction workers recently completed an irrigation canal and water pump project on the outskirts of Amarah, in the Maysan province.

“We are very appreciative of these improvements,” said Sheik Haj Hatim Sadkhan, a local city leader. “We will continue to support the government of Iraq and Coalition forces.”

The new structure will give 20 local farmers the ability to farm an additional 400 hectare of land annually.

The month-long project, which was completed Sept. 29, provides the farmers with an improved irrigation system to grow more crops during the upcoming season.

This project and similar ones can now be completed due to the increased security in the Maysan province. The 38th Iraqi Army Brigade, partnered with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment is conducting counter- insurgency operations along the southeastern border of Iraq.

(By 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division)
Hectare = A metric unit of area equal to 100 ares (10,000 square meters) = (2.471 acres)

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