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Saskatchewan government to start work on $1.15B irrigation project

The Canadian Press
Saskatchewan government to start work on $1.15B irrigation project
DIEFENBAKERIRRIGATION.CA — Premier Scott Moe recently announced the Government of Saskatchewan is moving forward with constructing the early works of the first 90,000 acres of the Lake Diefenbaker Irrigation Project. The total cost is estimated to be $1.15 billion.

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government says it’s set to begin work on a $1.15-billion project to expand irrigation. 

Premier Scott Moe announced the province is to start design work and consult with land users about the Lake Diefenbaker expansion project, with construction expected to start next year.

The project would make more water available from the lake for farmers, allowing 36,400 more hectares to be irrigated. 

“Our government is happy to take the first major step in creating the most sustainable food and economic security project in Canada which will create major benefits for generations,” Moe said in a news release.

“Saskatchewan can be a leader across the country and move this project forward which will provide billions in economic benefits and thousands of jobs.”

Moe said costs are to be shared between the province and producers who want to participate. 

Lake Diefenbaker was built in 1967 by the provincial and federal governments to supply water for people, industry, power production, flood control and irrigation.

Moe said the lake hasn’t been used to its full potential.

He said he hopes Ottawa can come on board and help fund the expansion.

Aaron Gray, the Saskatchewan Irrigation Projects Association chairman, said in the future it could help farmers grow crops of higher value.

“Irrigators in this province are committed to helping feed the world and create significant benefits for the people of Saskatchewan,” Gray said in a news release.

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