Sumbawanga — THE District Irrigation Development Fund (DIDF) has set aside over 1bn/- for the implementation of irrigation farming in 2012/13 in Rukwa Region.
The Rukwa Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Mr Salum Chima, told members of the Rukwa Regional Consultative Committees (RCC) meeting that 515,625,000/- was allocated to Sumbawanga District Council, with the same amount being allocated to Nkasi.
According to Mr Chima, the region spent over 1.3bn/- in the last fiscal year which was set aside by the DIDF for implementation of irrigation farming, of which over 1bn/- was allocated to Sumbawanga District Council while Nkasi got 250m/-.
She said Rukwa Region has 11 modern irrigation projects while 15 traditional irrigation schemes are also under operation. The RCC was further briefed that infrastructure in an irrigation project at Sakalilo Village in Sumbawanga District has been damaged by rains early this year and that the assessment of the actual damage caused by the rain is still going on. Rukwa Region has 527,721 hectares suitable for irrigation farming, out of which only 14,382.08ha or 25.4 per cent is currently under irrigation.