Japan gives $7.8 mln for building reservoirs in Vietnam

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The Japan International Cooperation Agency has agreed to provide about US$7.8 million to upgrade and rehabilitate seven outdated reservoirs in three districts of Binh Son, Mo Duc and Duc Pho in Quang Ngai Province.

Under the agreement, which was signed between JICA and provincial authorities on Wednesday (August 11), the reservoir construction will use Japanese-standard design and management that are compatible with Vietnamese standards and regulations.

According to a study conducted by Japanese experts in 2009, the province has about 110 small-scale reservoirs, in which many have shown leakage through the dam body. Farmers in the area struggle to have enough irrigation water.

According to JICA Vietnam Office's Chief, the project aims at increasing productivity by securing stable irrigation water in 864 hectares of cultivation land in the three districts.

The project, scheduled to begin in January 2011, will also provide training for local officials in water resource management and operation of the reservoirs.

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