San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic.- President Danilo Medina looked pleased on Thursday when he cut the ribbon for the Palma Sola Dam at the village Carrera de Yegua in San Juan province (west), designed to irrigate nearly 2,500 hectares (38,870 tareas) of area farms.
Speaking briefly with reporters Medina announced construction of a dam at Los Limones, requested by the inhabitants at the inaugural ceremony.
He said the Palma Sola dam will lift many people out of poverty, because farmers will now have water to plant and harves.
The earthen dam, promised by Medina in a surprise visit to the area in March 2013, will supply drinking water to 5,415 people, and to crops and livestock. It includes a spillway and a 1,900 meter-long intake interconnection channel.
The project includes fish ponds to raise tilapia and carp, to benefit 2,000 families.