AfDB lends Tunisia €32.5m to boost flow of irrigation water to farms

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Tunisian government and the country’s National Sanitation Authority, on March 1, 2012, signed a loan agreement and a guarantee agreement for €32.5 million to finance a waste water treatment infrastructure rehabilitation project across the country.

The AfDB said the project involves 30 treatment plants across the country and about four million people in urban and rural areas and about 4,000 farmers will benefit from the project.

The project is to improve the quality of treated water used to irrigate 8,500 hectares of farmland and open land in Tunisia.

AfDB’s acting Vice President Gilbert Mbesherubusa signed the loan agreement with Khalil Attia, chief executive officer of Tunisia’s National Sanitation Authority.

Mr Mbesherubusa also signed the guarantee agreement with Bettaieb Riyadh, minister of investment and international cooperation.

By Ekow Quandzie

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