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Programmes of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development: 2009 - 2014


  • Identification of areas with irrigation potential in order to increase land put under irrigation based on the existing irrigation potential.
  • Assisting small holder farmers to develop and manage new and existing irrigation schemes through establishment of local farmer organizations that can assume full ownership of existing irrigation schemes.
  • Enhancement of technical and administrative capacity in the Irrigation Department, together with improved technical capacity in the private sector and training institutions.
  • Assist the informal irrigation sector, through greater presence of the Irrigation Department in Regional, District and Rural Communities to provide irrigation technology advice where it is needed most.
  • Conduct research in irrigation technology in order to promote the use of appropriate, advanced and simple technologies in irrigated agriculture with due attention to efficient utilization of water resources.
  • Address specific problems that women face in irrigated agriculture in order to achieve greater participation of women in the small scale irrigation sector.
  • Ensuring that the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development has appropriate structures to fulfill its mandate.
  • Promoting local resources mobilization and project financing that supplement and compliment public investments in water resources management and development.
  • Designing and implementing an appropriate water resources assessment methodology including establishment of a computerized networked database.
  • Promoting applied research in surface and groundwater development to determine affordable and appropriate technologies.
  • Strengthening efforts towards water resources conservation, harvesting and protection in an integrated manner including promotion of development of small multipurpose community dams.
  • Promote public awareness on guidelines and standards on water quality, public health and hygiene and pollution control mechanisms.
  • Creating an enabling environment for the public-private sector to participate in water supply and sanitation activities.
  • Promoting community based participatory, Demand Response Approach (DRA), value based investment and consultative approaches;
  • Encouraging participation of women, youths and vulnerable persons in water and sanitation.
  • Developing and disseminating standards and guidelines for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in liaison with Local Government.
  • Strengthening and supporting Water Utilities and.
  • To ensure smooth transfer of all devolved functions of the Rural Water Supply and sanitation services.
  • To provide backstopping services to district assemblies and monitor and evaluate all devolved functions.
 
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