An extensive project to irrigate and cultivate the Quweira Desert in Jordan's Aqaba area will be completed towards the end of this year.
CV Fir trees in background and water sprinklers in action(2 shots)
MV Fir trees
MV and CU Water pumping station
MV Pipeline stretching across desert
CU and MV Surveyor and assistant (3 shots)
SV PAN Desert
MV and CU Workmen place pipes in position(2 shots)
CU Pipe put into place
SV Pipeline channel
SV Irrigated land
GV Fir trees
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Background: An extensive project to irrigate and cultivate the Quweira Desert in Jordan's Aqaba area will be completed towards the end of this year.
The work -- coasting about GBP 2,100,000 sterling (about $5,000,000 US) is being carried out by Italians who also provide Jordan with a substantial loan.
The system will provide 15 million cubic metres (53 million cubic seet) of water a year to irrigate about 7,000 dunums of soil (1750 acres or about 708 hectares).
Work on the project was due to finish by the middle of this year, but was held up because of delays in material and equipment supplies.
The project will be managed jointly by the jordanian Ministry of Agriculture and the Association of Retired Serviceman.
The decision to reclaim part of the desert was made after studies were made of ??? project carried out using 100 dunums (25 acros) of desert of sub-soil.