Irrigation canal rehabilitated in south Kyrgyzstan with UK support
OSH, Kyrgyzstan (TCA) 23 August 2016 — Michael Tatham, Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and Robin Ord-Smith, British Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, on August 20 visited the Osh province in southern Kyrgyzstan to meet with Ahmadjan Mahammadov, Deputy Governor of Osh Oblast. The delegation also met with international organizations and visited AKF/MSDSP KG project sites in Aravan district, the British Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic said.
In Aravan district they visited the Kyrgyz-Aryk irrigation canal, which was rehabilitated under the project ‘Reducing conflict over water and pastures in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’ with support from the British Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic. In addition, they met with representatives of the District Water Department, local communities members, local self-government authorities (Aiyl Aimak (AA)).
The total length of the Kyrgyz-Aryk canal is 39.1 km, passing through the territory of Chek-Abad AA and Yusupova AA. This canal serves 1794 hectares of agriculture land, covering more than 2,800 households in Aravan district. Agriculture is the main source of income for Chek-Abad and Yusupova communities. With proper irrigation, farmers can harvest two crops a year.
Rehabilitation of the Kyrgyz-Aryk canal created conditions for improved crop production, reduced conflicts between farmers over irrigation water, and decreased the threat of seasonal floods for 100 households and 1 secondary school.
They were accompanied by Dr Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, AKDN Resident Representative for the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. S. Jalaluddin Shah, Chief Executive Officer Aga Khan Foundation Kyrgyz Republic and Mr. Talantbek Aldashov, Executive Director of the local Public Foundation Mountain Societies Development Programme in Kyrgyzstan (MSDSP KG).