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18 contracts worth Afs 42 m signed for culverts rebuilding

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18 contracts worth Afs 42 m signed for culverts rebuilding
 The MRRD has recently inked 18 contracts on rebuilding of Karazes (culverts) and irrigation system with Development Councils in a cost of Afs 42 million. Addressing the contracts signing ceremony, MRRD Mujeeburrahman Karimi said, with rebuilding of these culverts, over 3100 jerib lands will be irrigated. 
According to MRRD, based on these contracts, three culverts in Nangarhar, nine in Kabul, four in Kandahar, one in Kunar and one in Herat provinces will be rebuilt.
Based on MRRD report, as part of traditional irrigation management system in the country, rebuilding and rehabilitation of these culverts and irrigation systems are priority of the government. 
Karimi clarified that based on a five years plan undertaken by MRRD, over 3400 culverts will be surveyed and rebuilt in the country as so far 100 culverts have been completely surveyed and 36 others have been designed and their rebuilding contracts would be signed soon.
Karimi added, 1079 projects in the sector of agriculture and irrigation have been exploited or being completed in the cost of Afs 5.5 billion which have created jobs for thousands people directly.
Talking on the surveying of rural roads in two upcoming years, MRRD said, about two weeks ago, a memorandum was signed between MRRD and UK based on which the latter promised to survey all rustic roads throughout the country in two years.
At the same time, welcoming rebuilding of public utility economic projects, economists said this would be in the benefit of peasants and would improve their business.
Economist Saifuddin Saihoon said, no doubt culverts have high importance in the water management system specially in irrigation in most provinces that traditional irrigation systems are common. We ask the government to focus more on dams and culverts because over 80 pc of Afghan people are involved in agriculture and are interested to have modern and mechanized agriculture.
In his opinion, drought is a potential threat to agriculture. Farmers want fair distribution of water.