Irrigation & land reclimation
East Al-Jazeera Irrigation Project
NOTE: INFORMATION TAKEN FROM AQUASTAT
In December 1983 the first 87 500 ha stage of the massive Kirkuk Irrigation Project (renamed Saddam) was opened, of which more than 300 000 ha were eventually irrigated. In 1991 a large supplemental irrigation project, the North Al-Jazeera Irrigation Project, was launched in order to serve some 60 000 ha using a linear-move sprinkler irrigation system with water stored by the Mosul Dam (former Saddam Dam). Another irrigation project, the East Al-Jazeera Irrigation Project, involved the installation of irrigation networks on more than 70 000 ha of rainfed land near Mosul. These projects were part of a scheme to irrigate 250 000 ha of the Al-Jazeera plain.