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Haiti - Agriculture : Rehabilitation of irrigation channel in Nan Valette
Grande-Saline, predominantly agricultural area, is located on the north shore of the Artibonite River that feeds many irrigation canals. The rehabilitation of this channel is for nearly 1,500 farmers and cultivators, an important tool. "Because of alluvium and herbs, this channel was not used anymore. Even in the rainy season, our fields couldn't be irrigated because water does not circulate," explains Eliana Saintilus, farmer, stressing the need to install a pump on the river, for a better performance. "The channel is higher than the river, the latter can not supply it during drought."
For Roméus Wilson, the Director of the Town Hall, this channel will not only serve the farmers, but also the people of Nan Valette by allowing the evacuation of rainwater into unmanned marshes, reducing the risk of frequent flooding in this same region.