Farmers to bear cost of some irrigation projects

The private sector, farmers and manufacturers will have to contribute their share to upgrading, repairing and building new irrigation systems for their use, according to a draft Law on Irrigation discussed on June 8 by the National Assembly. The Government will give priority to building reservoirs in areas experiencing major water shortage, those seriously impacted by climate change, regions inhabited by ethnic minorities or off shore islands and other socio-economically disadvantages zones. Article 15 of the draft stipulates that construction costs of all special and major irrigation works, including those for national defence and security, will be covered by the State budget.

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