PM: Gov't to compensate Jordan Valley farmers affected by floods

[11-03-2019 07:50 AM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz Monday said the government will compensate farmers whose fields were recently flooded by water released from a nearby dam after heavy downpours.

The King Talal Dam's spillway gates were fully opened in line with a management plan just after the dam level peaked after about 1.5 million cubic metres per hour of water gushed into the reservoir.

In a meeting with farmers, the premier said he instructed the Jordan Valley Authority and the finance ministry to cooperate with an ad hoc committee tasked with assessing the damage in order to determine compensation.

"The government is keen on providing all support and protection to the agricultural sector in a spirit of responsibility and partnership with this strategic sector", the premier told the meeting, which was attended by the agricultural minister and other officials.

"We are further dedicated to meeting farmers and listening to their grievances and coming up with solutions to their problems", Razzaz said.

The committee comprises representatives from the ministries of interior, water and irrigation and the Jordan Valley Farmers Union.

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