HoReCo: IRRIGATION SCHEMES NEED MAINTENANCE FOR BETTER SUSTAINABILITY.
HoReCo is intervening in capacity building process for farmers in 18 districts for 61 developed schemes of around 10,037 Ha and run the project” Operation ,Maintenance and Management of Irrigation Schemes”In total 64 Water Users Organizations (WUO) and 76 Cooperatives of farmers.
Maintenance of an irrigation canal system is usually carried out in between two irrigation seasons, or at times of low water demand. It consists of cleaning, weeding, de-silting, re-shaping, and executing minor repairs.
The performance of an irrigation canal system depends not only on how the system is operated, but also on the condition of the canals. Irrigation canals function well so long as they are kept clean and if they are not leaking.
The smaller canals receive water from primary and secondary canals and so maintenance of the larger canals is of vital importance for the proper functioning of the whole system.
After a serious problem is found on an inspection tour, a team of workers or farmers should be available for repair as soon as possible. Seniors Managers of HoReCo said that better management of irrigation schemes allows farmers to grow crops in all three agricultural seasons per year including during the dry spell.