Community Groundwater Irrigation Sector Project

Project Info

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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.

Salient Details:

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

  • Farmer needs assessment among STW farmers in the Project area and assist in the planning of the irrigated agriculture research programs to be undertaken by Nepal Agriculture Research Centre;
  • Design and planning of activities to demonstrate improved irrigated agricultural techniques and crops to farmers and to motivate and training them to adoption of new approaches;
  • Development of an integrated pest management (program, including appropriate training courses for farmers and agricultural workers;
  • Preparation of the training programs including planning and co-ordination of the field training and the overseas tours,
  • Conduct training to Department of Irrigation, Department of Agriculture, Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), PFI and NGO Staffs;
  • Planning and design of small technology transfer training to STW drillers and pump maintenance and repair mechanics;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the various trainings;