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“An important priority in the activities of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food is the preparation of the National Irrigation Strategy “,said the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Kiril Vatev, during a meeting with Dr. Sameh Wahba, Regional Director for Sustainable Development at the Europe and Central Asia Region in the World Bank, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. “Hydromeliorations are an extremely important part of the development of agriculture”, emphasized Minister Vatev and pointed out that it is necessary to prepare a National Strategy for irrigation for more efficient use of water.

In his turn, Dr. Wahba said that today's meeting was an occasion the dialogue between the World Bank and the ministry to be renewed. He informed Minister Vatev that the World Bank works with over 190 countries and has active projects to modernize irrigation systems, reduce water losses and circular use of water resources.

“I hope this meeting is a good start for our future fruitful cooperation", Minister Vatev also said.

Lasse Melgaard, World Bank Resident Representative for Bulgaria, Czechia and Slovakia, also participated in the meeting.

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