Homs, SANA- The Directorate of Water Resources in Homs has started the rehabilitation of the main irrigation canal in the northern countryside, at a cost of SYP 334 million.
Engineer Ismail Ismail, Head of Water Resources Directorate in Homs, said in a statement to SANA that the Directorate has started rehabilitating the main channel in the northern countryside of the province according to the contract signed with the General Company for Water Projects at a cost of SYP 334 million and with an execution rate of six months.
Ismail indicated that the rehabilitation of the secondary sub-channels of the main channel has also started in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), to be implemented within four months.
Ismail underlined the importance of rehabilitating the network, as it will irrigate agricultural lands in the northern countryside with an area of 11,000 hectares, which constitutes a food basket for the province of Homs, through which farmers can invest their lands in an optimal manner, thus improving their living conditions, pointing out that the number of villages benefiting from it is about twenty villages.
It is noteworthy that the main source of this network is Qattina Lake, where the actual volume of water storage has so far reached 176 million cubic meters.