Mauritania to build irrigation pumping station on Senegal River
Friday, February 15, 2019
Mauritania to build irrigation pumping station on Senegal River

Journal du Cameroun

The Mauritanian Minister of Rural Development, Lemina Mint Elghotob has announced that her office plans to build a pumping station on the Senegal River for an irrigation scheme that would cover 65,000 hectares of cultivable land.Speaking at a press briefing in Nouakchott, the minister assured citizens that to achieve this objective, nearly 11,000 hectares in irrigated areas have been developed and rehabilitated over the past decade.

Such efforts, she said, have made it possible to protect the national staple by increasing the area under rice, which is now highly valued by local consumers.

Referring to the semi-rainy terrain, the minister reported the distribution of 4,300 tonnes of traditional cereal seeds and a large assortment of agricultural tools.

Some 60,000 hectares of agricultural land have been protected through the installation of more than four million metres of barbed wire and fences, she added.