One of the main irrigation canals. - - Soil conservation and olive tree planting,(WFP).: 322. WFP.. With the building of the Aswan High Dam, an area of about 973,000 feddans (409,000 hectares), formerly dependent on the annual Nile floods for irrigation, is now to be cultivated under a system of perennial irrigation, based mainly on lifting water. This involves the construction of adequate main canals, distribution and branch canals, water supply installations and a drainage system. The new irrigation system will make additional crop can be grown.
Food aid is being supplied to 30,000 workers engaged in these operations and to their dependents. The savings of more than $9.1 million, which will accrue to the Government, will be spent on installing tile drainage on 95,000 feddans (42,000 hectares) of the most suitable land. The total cost to World Food Programme is more than $11.5 million.