Beirut November 21, 2017 – The Building Alliance for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment (BALADI) program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Rene Moawad Foundation (RMF), celebrated the completion of the Irrigation Water Conveyance Network project in Bhannine, Minnieh-Dinnieh.
The celebration took place in the village of Bhannine in the presence of USAID staff, RMF General Director, Mr. Nabil Moawad, the mayor and members of the municipal council of Bhannine, representatives of Sada El Minnieh Association, farmers of Bhannine, and community supporters.
Through BALADI, USAID contributed $123,000 to establish and rehabilitate 1.9 kilometers of irrigation canals over 100 hectares of agriculture lands, benefiting 350 farmers in Bhannine. The municipality has also contributed $26,000 in construction works. Prior to the project, the farmers of Bhannine suffered from significant water loss and an inefficient irrigation system as a result of their reliance on earthen canals and old conveyance networks. With the rehabilitated canals, farmers are now able to better irrigate their crops, look forward to increased production and save approximately $500 per year (per farmer) in irrigation costs.