swap logo (no tree)

Canal-fed Agricultural Systems


Canal-fed steppe systems

Once dams were put into place, state-established irrigation projects brought water in large, predictable quantities, at little expense to farmers. Fields now are laid out in a rectilinear pattern and are contiguous. The primary determinant of location is topographic - gravity flow from reservoir to field. Most of these provide supplementary winter irrigation and some irrigate cotton and other cash crops in the summer.


Overview of Ghab valley showing agricultural fields and canals

Ghab fields; pepper, wheat, some burned

Sugar beet being irrigated, with harvested wheat in Ghab

Water in big canal in Ghab with pumps toward the south

Concrete irrigation canal that has not been used

Last update: 20 January 2004
This page is maintained by Jason Evans