Work on the 10 million dollar (US) East Ghor Canal extension project has begun in the Jordan Valley.
GV & CU End of existing Ghor Canal (3 shots)
SV Korean surveyors (2 shots)
SV Workers on canal trench for extension
GV & SV Heavy plant machinery clearing land (3 shots)
CU & SV Machine levelling off land (3 shots)
GV Canal site clearance
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Background: Work on the 10 million dollar (US) East Ghor Canal extension project has begun in the Jordan Valley.
The canal is the main irrigation artery in the east side of the valley, and present plans are to extend it from its current length of 50 miles (78 kms) to a length of 62 miles (96 kms).
The extension work is being carried out by a South Korean firm and is being financed by a United States long term loan.
The new work will put another 3500 hectares of land under year round irrigation. The land is presently poorly cropped, relying on scant rainfalls. High value cash crops will be grown in the East Ghor area after the work is completed, with the farmers concentrating on fruits and vegetables.