In the arid desert areas of Oudalan near the Mali border of Upper Volta, an experimental hydraulic scheme has been put into operation 57 kilometres(35 miles) from Lindaki.
In the arid desert areas of Oudalan near the Mali border of Upper Volta, an experimental hydraulic scheme has been put into operation 57 kilometres(35 miles) from Lindaki. The new pumps, financed by the French Aid and Cooperation Fund(FAC) under their "save the animals" plan, will be able to supply water for some 250,000 cattle and 750,000 goats from a 20-kilometre(12-mile) area.
Present at the pumping out of the first waters were officials of Upper Volta hydraulic and rural projects and a representative of FAC.
SYNOPSIS: The dry desert area of Oudalan in Upper Volta has long felt the need for additional water supplies. Now, with financing from the French Aid and Cooperation Fund, a new hydraulic pump system has been started on an experimental basis near Lindaki - on the border with Mali. Officials of the Fund recently accompanied representatives of Mali's water works and rural projects departments, to see the first waters pumped out by the new equipment. Farmers brought their animals from all over - to sample the service which is expected to supply water for men and beasts from an area of 20 kilometres in the round when it is in full operation.
The full capacity output of the new pumps is expected to give drinking water to 250,000 cattle and 750,000 goats - the two main sources of livelihood for the villagers of the barren district. It will be completed by the end of June and will have cost fifty million france CFA. The Aid and Cooperation Fund's financing is being done under their "save the animals" plan. The new project has already brought great hopes to the inhabitants of the barren district.