BUGESERA:HoReCo said that the efficiency of water use in the SSIT Should turn farmers of Bugesera into multimillionaire.
The small scale irrigation technology project (SSIT) was set up by MINAGRI to benefit farmers having land up-to 10 ha. MINAGRI through the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) created water channels near farms by diverting rivers in the locality.
HoReCo Technicians aim to provide practical guidance in the introduction of effective techniques and technologies of irrigation that can help the farmers to overcome the threat of dry season which is critical in this location of Bugesera district.
The introduction of new technologies to small-scale farmers has often failed, as farmers have limited experience and technical knowledge to ensure the proper selection, installation and management of irrigation equipment and facilities in a given social and agro-ecological environment and therefore HoReCo with its technical support to the farmers, started to re-install, maintenance and follow up of those irrigation infrastructures.
The drip irrigation systems and sprinkler irrigation have proved their effectiveness for different conditions related to climate and soil in Lux dev site and HoReCo Irrigation engineer provides to the farmers the techniques includes a complete irrigation system with pump, distribution pipes and mobile laterals on which the sprinklers are placed.
HoReCo Technician who is in Lux dev hill side said that the drip irrigation system can be very efficient in terms of water usage and applies the water very accurately to the crop, which results in optimal crop yields.
Encouraging small scale irrigation is important as the Government’s target in Vision 2020 for a sustained annual GDP growth of 11.5 per cent with agriculture growing at 8.5 per cent cannot be delivered as long as the sector is dependent on rain fed irrigation.