Haiti – Politic : Official inauguration of the Marion Dam
Saturday May 1, 2021, Labor and Agriculture Day, President Jovenel Moïse, accompanied by his wife Martine, in the presence of Prime Minister ai Claude Joseph, members of the Government, Directors General of ministries and autonomous and decentralized bodies of the State, of Limber Cruz Dominican Minister of Agriculture and members of the Diplomatic Corps, inaugurated the Marion Dam, erected in Grand-Bassin (a locality in the North-East), recently elevated to the rank of commune (presidential decree of December 10, 2020)
After the unveiling of the inaugural plaque of the dam and the opening of the sluices by the Head of State, the latter declared “Irrefutable proof that together, we can achieve wonders in our country” before boasting during more than an hour the efforts made under his presidency to drill, renovate and/or build roads, build hydraulic dams, irrigation canals, water pumping stations and power plants.
Launched on May 1, 2018 hhttps://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-24264-haiti-politic-official-inauguration-of-dam-works-on-the-marion-river.html the dam site financed entirely by the Public Treasury, to the tune of nearly 10 million US dollars, includes a reservoir of 10 million m3 of water, with a transit capacity of 20 million m3 of water per year.
In his speech, President Moïse explained that this dam will in particular irrigate 10,000 hectares of arable land and “boost” the development of the fish farmer and offer another source of income to local populations. https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-33221-icihaiti-agriculturetowards-the-development-of-land-downstream-of-the-marion-dam.html
He stressed that this dam was also part of a strategy to protect populations living downstream, frequently the victim of the devastating and fatal flooding of the Marion River, particularly the locality of Malfety.
In addition, the Head of State announced that the National Directorate of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) would establish on the dam site a water treatment center to supply drinking water, in a first time, the families of Grand-Bassin, then those of Perches and Terrier-Rouge. Finally, this dam is also intended to produce electric current. “The construction of the Marion Dam conveys immense hope for the future of the North-East department where the per capita income is the lowest in the country, due, in particular, to scarcity of water resources,” said Moïse
In their speeches, the ministers Nader Joaséus (Public works), Patrix Sévère (Agriculture) and the Mayor of Grand-Bassin spoke highly of this infrastructure, the work of which was entrusted to a team of Cuban technicians from the firm “Dinvai”. https://www.haitilibre.com/article-26713-haiti-technologie-vers-un-transfert-de-connaissances-hydrauliques-avec-cuba.html to which were added Haitian professionals.
Note that the inaugural ceremony of the Marion Dam was marked by impressive performances by the troupes of the National Theater and the Bureau of Ethnology.
In addition, President Moïse announced for the second half of 2021 the official commissioning of the dams thrown on the Grande-Rivière du Nord and on the Rivière Massacre. The first will be used to irrigate 4,000 hectares of land; the second of 2,000 hectares.
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