chapter  15
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Bringing the Water

Of the three elements essential to growing cane at Kenana, two were provided by nature: soil and sunshine. The third, water, had to be brought by man. The problem was chiefly one of scale. At peak demand, the thirsty cane-fields would require up to 500,000 gallons (1.9 million litres) of water each minute. Every drop would have to be lifted from the White Nile and transported 29 kilometres along the main canal, and through 300 kilometres of primary/secondary canals. The construction of the canal network in eighteen months was an achievement that mere statistics cannot adequately portray.