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ADB $220 million loan to help Uzbekistan

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Staff writer ▼ | September 27, 2013
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help overhaul a 45-year-old, inefficient water supply system in Bukhara and Navoi provinces in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan
UzbekistanThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help overhaul a 45-year-old, inefficient water supply system in Bukhara and Navoi provinces in Uzbekistan.


That will secure reliable irrigation to 6,500 farms and provide drinking water access to 725,000 consumers.

More than 70% of the water supplied to farms will be used to enhance their further diversification from cotton into higher value crops, fruits, and vegetables.

"About half the country's citizens live in rural areas where they depend on irrigated agriculture for their livelihoods. Poor irrigation means lower crop outputs and less income, so systems that are modern, energy-efficient, climate-proofed, and well managed will go a long way in helping to reduce poverty in the country," said Ojiro Makoto, a director in ADB's Central and West Asia Department.

ADB's board of directors has approved a loan of $220 million to upgrade irrigation infrastructure across Bukhara and in two districts in Navoi, where almost half the population live below the poverty line. The Government of Uzbekistan has requested co-financing of up to $100 million from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Some 25 percent of households in the area surveyed by ADB said they no longer used their land for crop production because of the unreliable supply of irrigated water. Improving irrigation will give households an economic boost, promote crop diversity, and will be especially beneficial to women who make up more than half of those working in agriculture in the surveyed areas.


 

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