China funds hydro-agricultural project around Poilão dam, Cape Verde

29 September 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 29 Sept – Cape Verde is due to go ahead with a hydro-agricultural project that makes use of the water resources of the recently opened Poilão dam, on Santiago island, a project which will be funded by China, officials have said.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, the project, which has been drawn up by a Chinese technician, is expected to be launched “soon” and includes, “the construction downstream of a number of infrastructures and secondary irrigation channels that will allow for more efficient use of water.”

The dam, which was built at a total cost of 380 million Cape Verdean escudos (US$4.4 million) and financed by China, was this week visited by the Ministers of Health and Agriculture, with the aim of assessing the current state of water usage.

The visit also aimed, according to a government statement, to study “measures taken to minimize potential negative impacts on the environment that the development may cause.”

The ministers also met with the members of the Dam Management Commission, which is responsible for managing, supervising and evaluating the operation of the facility.

The dam is the first of its kind on the archipelago, in an area with a population of around 33,000 people, and it is hoped it will contribute to the development of agricultural and tourism projects, and thus combat desertification of the area.

As well as this project, China has also financed the construction of the Government and National Assembly buildings. (macauhub)