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Gravity-fed Irrigation System to Be Built

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Koksan, March 31 (KCNA) -- A gravity-fed waterway extending several hundred ris (10 ri equals to 4 km) will be built in the Miru Plain in the wake of the construction of Kaechon-Lake Thaesong and Paekma-Cholsan waterways. This waterway will help provide sufficient irrigation water to more than 20,000 hectares of farm land in Koksan, Singye and Suan counties, North Hwanghae Province and satisfactorily supply drinking water for the inhabitants.
    The completion of this project will save over 100 big water pumps and tens of thousands of kilowatts of electricity. Meanwhile, several minor power stations with generating capacity of thousands of kilowatts will be built to provide much electricity needed for agriculture in the Miru area and the living of the inhabitants. Leader Kim Jong Il visited the Miru Plain in September last year and advanced the task of carrying out the project, unfolding a grand plan to turn this area into a modern producer of grain.
    A ground-breaking ceremony for the waterway project in the Miru Plain took place on the Phyongam Cooperative Farm in Koksan County, North Hwanghae Province, on Mar. 31.
    Premier of the Cabinet Pak Pong Ju, in his report at the ceremony, said that the project is huge and difficult as it will involve the construction of several reservoirs, including Risang Reservoir with a capacity of tens of millions of cubic meters of water, water tunnels with a total length of tens of ris and ducts and other various structures and the formation of waterways extending hundreds of ris while pushing forward the immediate farming work.
    He called upon all the builders to overcome difficulties and hardships encountered with the indomitable will and the spirit of persevering offensive and thus further glorify the undying feats performed by President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il for the Miru Plain.

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