Client: Department of Irrigation
Funding Agency: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Period: August 1998 to April 2006
Consulting Association: Canadian Centre for International Studies and Co-operation (CECI), GEOCE Consultants (P) Ltd
Approx. Value of Services: CECI- US$ 2.4 million, GEOCE- NRs 10 million
Professional Staff Input: International National (200) and National (164) person months
Design and implementation of groundwater irrigation project to provide irrigation facilities to 60,000 ha of land and benefit 657,000 people of 110,000 households of which 50 percent live below the poverty line in 12 districts in the Terai of Central and Eastern Development Regions.
The main objective of the project was to increase agricultural productivity on sustainable basis; to improve incomes of small farmers through participatory, demand driven and integrated group shallow tube well development, and increase capacity development of water users groups. The project covers 12 districts in the Tarai of Central and Eastern Development Regions. It will provide irrigation facilities to an additional 60,000 ha of land and benefit 657,000 people of 110,000 households of which 50 % live below the poverty line. The project is expected to have a direct and positive impact on crop production and farm incomes and increase rural employment opportunities and poverty alleviation. Project Cost was US $ 42.8 million.
The scope of services consisted of preparation and implementation of Management Plan for institutional strengthening and capacity building of different units of the project viz. Project Management Unit, Environmental Unit, Groundwater Field Offices, Technology Transfer Centre and Training Unit, Shallow Tubewell Development Section.
The details of services comprised of