KfW draws up irrigation plans

27 August 2004
Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KfW) is preparing to issue a prequalification notice for the consultancy contract for an irrigation project in the Kafr el-Sheikh and Damanhour governorates. KfW has allocated Eur 19 million ($23 million) towards the total cost of the project, which is the latest in a series of water and wastewater schemes in the Nile Delta region. The programme has been co-managed and co-financed by the German and Egyptian governments since the mid-1980s. The latest project covers some 40,000 feddans out of the total 248,000 feddans covered by the programme.

The successful bidder will be responsible for drawing up designs, drafting tenders and supervising construction of new irrigation networks on local agricultural land. The main emphasis of the project is on changing the pattern of local agricultural use from rotational to continuous irrigation, and replacing traditional low-lying tertiary canals - known as meskas - with raised channels and single-lift pumping stations.

Further details of the project are expected to be released in the third quarter.

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