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The Sudanese Minister of Irrigation, Yasser Abbas, expected that Sudan would lose half of the agricultural lands irrigated from the Nile River with flood irrigation, after filling the Renaissance Dam Lake in Ethiopia.
“One of the possible negative effects of the Renaissance Dam is to reduce the area of flood irrigation by half,” the minister said at a press conference in the capital, Khartoum. newspaper Sudan Tribune.
He indicated that Sudan had received a draft agreement on the rules for filling and operating the Renaissance Dam from observers, represented by the US Treasury and the World Bank. He added that 90% of the draft terms are agreed upon between the three parties, that is, his country, Ethiopia and Egypt.
The minister revealed earlier today, that a meeting involving the three countries (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia) will be held this month in the United States to study the proposals of Washington and the World Bank on building the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The minister said:
“The Renaissance Dam could be the beginning of cooperation for the three countries and the regional environment, as it is a preferential advantage for Ethiopia to produce electricity, an advantage for Sudan for agricultural production, and an advantage for Egypt in the field of industry.”
Commenting on the losses of the agricultural lands, he pointed out the possibility of converting the cultivation of these areas by sustainable irrigation, in addition to other agricultural projects, if the financial resources of the country are available.
The days of the Renaissance Dam negotiations, which were embraced by the American capital Washington over two days, were concluded in the presence of the foreign and irrigation ministers of the three countries, and sponsored by US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and representatives of the World Bank.
According to the results of the last round, it was agreed that the American side will participate with the World Bank in finalizing the agreement and presenting it to the three countries within days, to finish it and sign it before the end of February.
Egypt fears that its share of the Nile water will decrease, because of the dam that Ethiopia is building for the purpose of generating electricity, which will be the largest dam on the continent of Africa once completed.