Chargé d’Affaires Manes visits irrigation system in El Paisnal

Chargé d’Affaires Manes visits irrigation system in El Paisnal

Chargé d’Affaires Jean Manes, the Executive Director of the Millennium Entity, William Pleités, and the Mayor of El Paisnal  Reyna Chávez visited the irrigation system financed through funds from the Millennium Corporation (MCC), and its implementing partner of the  Fomilenio II projects,  the Millennium Entity.

This important project has an investment of $12.2 million and has generated 100 jobs in its construction phase. When fully operational, by the end of 2021, this expansive irrigation system will serve 1,300 hectares, 77% of which belong to small producers and cooperatives. This system is particularly critical during the dry season for farmers in the region and helps mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture.  At the end of August, the project is nearing 75 percent completion of construction.

This project has been financed through the El Salvador Investment Challenge (Apuesta por Inversiones in Spanish). To make this project possible, investment agreements were signed that together total $28.8 million. The companies that have supported the establishment of this irrigation system are Ingenio La Cabaña S.A. de C.V. and Industrias Diana S.A. de C.V., which have already made a joint investment of $17.2 million to expand their operations. The public investment financed by FOMILENIO II amounts to $12.2 million in the supervision, design, and construction of the irrigation plant.

This work includes the construction of a reservoir in El  Paisnal, with a capacity of 200,000 m3 of  water, a treatment facility, a 3.10 km water pipeline to the reservoir, a solar generation system, voltage lines, and 16.7 km of distribution lines, among others.

Once completed, the irrigation system will be owned by the mayor’s office of El Paisnal and, together with the Millennium Entity, will support the creation of an association of irrigators. This association will manage, operate, and maintain the works of the project to ensure its sustainability