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A Barrage is a structure constructed across a river course to increase the water depth or divert the river flow for irrigation or navigation purposes. In Somalia, irrigation barrages were developed in the middle and lower parts of the Shabelle and Juba Rivers from as early as 1920s to irrigate land for commercial and food crops. The barrage development was highly favoured by the good topography along the two rivers which permitted gravity irrigation through a network of canals. A total of nine barrages were built on the Shabelle River, and one on the Juba River.

Irrigation Barrages in Somalia (Extracted from SWALIM Key messages publication) Download file (15.3 MB) 




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