Roundup: Chillón river cleanup, Minag irrigation works, DGA budget

- Thursday, July 21, 2011

Roundup: Chillón river cleanup, Minag irrigation works, DGA budget

Peru's national water authority ANA has signed an agreement with the municipal government of Carabayllo district in Lima region which aims to improve conditions of the Chillón river basin.

The agreement was signed during a meeting between Carabayllo mayor Rafael Álvarez Espinoza and ANA president Javier Carrasco Aguilar, the authority said in a release.

Under the agreement ANA will provide technical support to carry out works including securing the river banks, removing construction and waste material and controlling effluent from entering the river and irrigation canals in the district.

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Peru's government, through its irrigation infrastructure maintenance program (PMIR), has modernized some 57,000km of irrigation canals in 22 regions in the last five years, according to agriculture (Minag) minister Jorge Villasante.

Villasante made the comments at a ceremony to kick off construction for an irrigation project in the Pampaverde area of Cusco region.

The initiative, which will cost some 2.7mn soles (US$986,000), involves installing a pressurized irrigation system which will serve some 103ha, the ministry said in a release.

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Finally, Chile's lower house investigative committee on illegal water usage has proposed legislation to increase the budget for the public works ministry's (MOP) general water authority DGA.

The committee is looking to increase funding for DGA's control unit, in charge of investigating illegal uptakes, the authority said in a release.

DGA director Matías Desmadryl presented a summary of the current state of water resources, the effects of the drought and the research it is currently carrying out.