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Peru's Cajamarca government has agreed to work with local authorities to launch water, sanitation and irrigation projects in rural areas to increase coverage of these services for the lower-income segment.
The projects require a total investment of 173mn soles (US$62.4mn), said Edison Terán Medina, president of the Cajamarca rural municipality network (Remurca), state news agency Andina reported.
Regional governor Gregorio Santos has committed to seek funding for the initiative, with possible sources including the central government and the Cajamarca solidarity fund (FSC), which manages the voluntary contributions made by gold miner Yanacocha.
The provincial government also plans to push for projects in the health, education and transport sectors, according to the report.