Deputy minister for Agriculture Omary Mgumba told the House yesterday that the changes will also see every district and region across Tanzania mainland having an irrigation officer from NIRC.
Mgumba said the officials will be responsible for improving irrigation services as well as working closely with farmers to ensure smooth irrigation services.
“NIRC official will be responsible for reviving the dormant schemes and supervise its operations. The government has been making regular inspections of the irrigation schemes and repairing infrastructures regularly”, said the deputy minister adding some of the schemes which had been rehabilitated are in Kilimanjaro region.
He explained that since the government’s target is to make the schemes sustainable, it has through the National Irrigation Commission identified all the dormant schemes to be revived in coming years.
“We are soliciting funds to revive the dormant schemes and repair dilapidated schemes across the country. Our aim is to ensure all the schemes operate accordingly”, he noted.
The deputy minister said NIRC has been working with farmers, district and regional agricultural officers in ensuring sustainability of irrigation schemes as well as educating farmers on the importance of the irrigation infrastructures.
Mgumba was responding to a question by Special Seats legislator, Shally Raymond (CCM) who sought measures the government was taking to revive dormant irrigation schemes in Hai, Same and Moshi districts in Kilimanjaro region.
Tabling the agriculture ministry budget for the 2019/2020 financial year, Agriculture Minister Japhet Hasunga told the Parliament that NIRC had been allocated with 37.48bn/- out of the total ministry budget of 253.85bn/-.
The National Irrigation Commission (NIRC) is charged with coordination, promotional and regulatory functions in the development of the irrigation sector. It has developed comprehensive guidelines to manage irrigation schemes countrywide.
NIRC, among other things, promote integrated water resources management for increased and sustainable agricultural production, productivity, ensuring food security, poverty reduction and national economic development in the country.