Saturday, 13 November 2010

AWATT irrigation turn outs

These "turn outs" are a new water management tool being introduced by AWATT, a USAID project implemented through the University of New Mexico. Their comprehensive approach ties together many needs in Afghanistan, from watershed management to animal nutrition to crop management, soil fertility, crop diversity, increasing yields and agri - business opportunities. These turn outs replace the traditional "dig a hole in the canal bank" approach to irrigation and also creates small business opportunity for Afghans looking to get into small scale construction business. The turn outs are a small part of AWATT's programs; they have a field day later we're hoping to go to to see more of their agriculture management and education programs.


  1. Tom, I work for AWATT and you might be tickled to know your blog showed up on a Google alert I have set up for "irrigation AND afghanistan"... You have great photos! (Can we use them?") I just want to correct a couple of details. The Afghanistan Water, Agriculture and Technology Transfer (AWATT) program is USAID-funded and implemented by New Mexico State University with a consortium of universities with expertise in soils, land tenure, natural resource management, forestry, forage, irrigation and integrated water management, and other water management practices. These turnouts are definitely an exciting part of what the project will leave behind. Thanks for your interesting blog. Stay safe. - Penelope

  2. I guess this is the picture of Jalalabad
    by the way let me introduce myself
    I am Mr. Amanullah Hashimi, currently working for IRD, at kabul as a sr. Farm Mechanization officer
    last year i work for AWATT as a water management officer, as what we have plan at that time...installation of turnouts, lining of water courses. this is great work of AWATT
    i like it.

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