Dam in Cape Verde partially funded by Portugal due to be ready in 2014

24 May 2013

Work to build the Canto de Cagarra dam, on the Cape Verdean island of Santo Antão, is “going well” and is due to be finished in mid 2014, Cape Verde’s minister for Rural Development, Eva Ortet said Tuesday.

The minister also said she was sure that the consortium that is carrying out the project would meet the deadline and the Island of Santo Antão would have its first dam in 2014.

The Canto de Cagarra dam, which is funded with 575 million Cape Verdean escudos from Portugal and Cape Verde, will store over 418,000 cubic metres of water and will benefit around 200 farmers across an area of 50 hectares.

Ortet also said she was happy with the progress of land planning projects in the river basins of Alto Mira and Ribeira da Torre, which, like the Garça dam, will have “great impact” on water distribution and, thus expand the irrigated areas of Santo Antão. (macauhub)