Over 30,000 farmers have benefited from irrigation development in Oromia, Amhara, Tigray and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples states of Ethiopia, said the Participatory Small-scale Irrigation Development National Program Coordinator.
The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) supports the participatory small-scale irrigation development national program that was started six years ago in the four states. The program aims to support farmers with less than USD 30 cents daily income and poor household farmers in the states. A four-day workshop and field visit was recently conducted in Tigray State to evaluate the implementation of the program and exchange experiences. National Program Coordinator, Jemal Ali, said 114 irrigation schemes are being carried out with 535 million birr in all the states. He added that fruitful works were carried out in the just-ended Ethiopian fiscal year, though there were implementation gaps in the past years. In the past year, 64 irrigation schemes that can cultivate over 8,800 hectares of land have gone operational. Over 1.5 quintals of crops which benefited over 30,000 farmers were cultivated with those, and the beneficiaries have become food self-sufficient, according to the coordinator.
The remaining irrigation schemes will be completed by March, 2015.
According to the coordinator, they will have a capacity to develop over 12,000 hectares of land.