About 30 reservoirs will be built in Kazakhstan until 2030
Magzum Mirzagaliev, Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan, during a Government meeting, spoke about the progress of modernization and expansion of irrigation infrastructure in Kazakhstan, Kazpravda.kz reports.
"In 2020-2021, 6,785 kilometers of canals, 4 reservoirs, 4 waterworks, 239 vertical drainage wells and about 23,000 other water facilities will be reconstructed in Kazakhstan," Mirzagaliev said.
In addition, he said, 88 thousand jobs will be created, which will include 11 thousand jobs for the period of construction and repair work and 77 thousand permanent jobs.
“The volume of gross agricultural output on the lands put into circulation will amount to 165 billion tenge per year and will have a multiplier effect in trade, product processing, livestock areas,” the minister continued.
As he noted, it is necessary to create additional sources of irrigation through the construction of new reservoirs.
"By 2030, 28 reservoirs are planned to be built in Akmola, Aktobe, Karaganda and Zhambyl regions. They will make it possible to accumulate water in the amount of 3.8 cubic km. At the same time, 12 reservoirs are planned to be used not only for irrigation, but also for removal of flood threats in 70 settlements," Mirzagaliev said.
The Minister also recalled that the Head of State in his address instructed to bring the area of irrigated lands to 3 million hectares.
"The construction of reservoirs will help create 29 thousand jobs in the rural sector," he said.