ASPIRED project in collaboration with Environmental Research and GIS Center (ERGIS) NGO started implementation of the pilot project on rehabilitation of the irrigation network of Hayanist community. Outlet water from the nearby fishery will be used to irrigate 40 hectares of the community’s arable land. The project serves a dual purpose of partially resolving the irrigation issue of the community and increasing the efficiency of the artesian water use by the fishery which would be otherwise discharged into the drainage network.
Hayanist is one of 31 villages of Ararat Valley which have being facing permanent shortage of the irrigation water because of unregulated artesian water extraction by fish farms operating in the region. The ASPIRED and ERGIS specialists carefully examined the quality of feed used in the fishery and the discharged water based on the FAO standards to make sure water can be safely used for irrigation purposes and all environmental norms are observed.