Massingir dam in Mozambique to irrigate up to 90,000 hectares

5 June 2007

Massingir, Mozambique 5 June – The conclusion of reconstruction work of the Massingir dam will make it possible to irrigate 90,000 hectares along the Limpopo valley, the man responsible for the work, António Comé said Monday at the dam.

Comé said that the work consisted of building 85 relief wells, along with other hydromechanical works costing a total of US$60 million, made available by the African development Bank (ADB).

The need to rebuild the project, according to Comé, was due to severe leakage problems when the dam was first filled in 1977 and, for that reason its capacity for storing water was limited to 40 percent.

With this work up to 2.8 billion cubic meters of water can be stored, which is enough for irrigation needs over five consecutive seasons.

Currently, the dam’s reservoir currently stores around 900 million cubic meters of water, which is enough for the current season. (macauhub)