7 July 2003

Angola: Hydraulic Technicians Improve Irrigation Methods

Luanda — Technicians from the National Department of Hydraulics and Rural Engineering are attending since June 30 in Luanda a training programme aimed at equipping them with better skills in water development and improved farming techniques.

The seminar, organised by the National Department of Hydraulics and Rural Engineering in partnership with the Institute of Agrarian Development (IDA) also expects to promote production through the application of new irrigation technologies.

Attending the first course of its kind in the country are staff from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MINADER) who work in irrigated environments and from national NGO's.

Being taught in the course are subjects such as water potential in Angola, selection criteria of watering system, hydric needs and water planning.

Sprinkling, superficial and located irrigation methods, as well as organisation and management of water distribution systems are also topics for the programme.

This training programme closing on Friday has as presenters two lecturers from the Polytechnic University of Catalunha, Spain.

The lecturers have a large experience in the implementation of watering projects in Spain and in developing countries.

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