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Watering of Burkina dam to be completed in July

The watering of the Samandeni dam, the third largest in Burkina Faso behind the Kompienga and Bagre, will be completed by July 2017, APA can report Tuesday.Details about replenishing the dam come on the heels of Prime Minister, Paul Kaba Thieba’s visit to the site where works are 95 percent completed.

Located in the west of the country, the Samandeni dam, where rehabilitation works launched in January 2008, are being estimated to cost around CFA 182 billion.

With 1.5 billion cubic meters, irrigated perimeters, energy and industrial production, 100,000 prospective jobs, the watering of the dam will contribute 2 percent to Gross Domestic Product and 3 percent to national cereal output.

In October 2014, the Burkinabe government injected CFA 14.4 billion into developing 1,500 hectares of irrigated lands.

Major donors of the project include the West African Development Bank (BOAD), the Bank for Development Investment in ECOWAS (BIDC), the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA).

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Abu Dhabi Development Fund, the OPEC Fund, the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development (FFDEA), and the Saudi Fund for Development also contributed to expediting the project.



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