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The Dominican Republic's national water authority Indrhi is investing 62mn pesos (US$1.61mn) in irrigation system improvements in the southeastern part of the country.
The project involves installing 30 new electronic pumps and repairing irrigation systems in Independencia, Bahoruco, Barahona and San Juan de la Maguana provinces, the authority said in a release.
Indrhi aims to provide irrigation for hundreds of hectares of agricultural land which has been unusable due to a lack of water, including 314ha outside of Bahoruco capital Neiba. New electronic pumps will be installed in Villa Jaragua as well as in Bahoruco and in Independencia capital Jimani.
The authority is also carrying out infrastructure repairs to 34 irrigation systems in the area, the report said.