Government intends to increase engineering capacity of NRC

04Aug 2021
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Government intends to increase engineering capacity of NRC

​​​​​​​THE government intends to increase the engineering capacity of the National Irrigation Commission (NRC), a move aimed at adding value to agriculture and get away with seasonal rains dependency.

Minister for Agriculture, Prof Adolf Mkenda made the remarks yesterday after touring Magozi and Mkombozi irrigation schemes located at Pawaga ward in Iringa Region.

He said the government intends to facilitate the commission with resources to increase capacity as well as crop production.

Prof Mkenda said in addressing challenges facing the irrigation schemes, the government has come up with a strategy whereas it will ensure direct involvement of water users in decision making.

He said one of the strategies will be imposing levies so that whenever there are damages, a special fund is set up to address them.

Minister Mkenda called upon farmers in the country to ensure that they work hard in their farms to increase production.

“But you should take precautions to prevent the spread of covid-19, follow what you are being advised by health workers,” he said.

Prof Mkenda is on a tour of duty in southern highland regions namely Iringa, Njombe, Songwe and Rukwa where he is expected to inspect projects and witness the distribution of fertilizer and other agricultural inputs.

Last year, NRC revealed plans to build 384 new agricultural irrigation projects worth 986.8bn/- across the country in the next five years.

The new irrigation projects would be built in Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Morogoro, Mtwara, Mwanza, Tabora and Katavi regions.

Funds for the construction of the new irrigation projects will be obtained under the implementation of the second phase of the Agricultural Sector Development Program—ASDP II.

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