Kagadi district stakeholders have received training from the Agriculture Ministry on how to implement the micro scale irrigation program.
Speaking to our reporter at Kagadi community hall on Thursday afternoon, Grace Byansansa from the ministry of Agriculture, Animal husbandry and Fisheries said the effects of climate change led the government to introduce the irrigation program to enable farmers produce much food even during prolonged dry conditions.
She said for a farmer to get irrigation equipment, he or she must have at least two acres of land, have access to a source of water not more than 700 meters away and be willing to co-fund the purchase of irrigation equipment at 25 percent as the government meets 75 percent of the cost for solar powered systems.
For Fuel powered equipment, the government contributes 25 percent and farmers 75 percent.
Byansansa added that Kagadi district is grouped under cluster 6 which comprises 11 districts including Kikuube, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu, Bundibudjo, Mitoma, Kasese, Kabarole, Rubirizi among others.
Desire Mparana, the Kagadi district Senior Agricultural officer explained that the program has been tested in the district through the establishment of the demonstration farms and it has been successful.
Mparana said the government has allocated over Ugx600M to support 34 farmers who have expressed interest in the program.
He rallied farmers to welcome the program to boost food production in the district.
Meanwhile some stakeholders after the training pledged to spread the information to the local farmers to implement the irrigation program so that their lives can be improved.
The micro scale irrigation program is in line with Uganda’s National Irrigation Policy which aims to create 1.5 million hectares of irrigated land by the year 2040.
According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, about 70 percent of Uganda’s working population is employed in agriculture which has been hit by unreliable rains resulting from unreliable climatic changes.