Cofamosa Irrigation Project


Overview

  • Reference: P-MZ-AAC-003
  • Appraisal Date: 01/05/2014
  • Board Presentation: 22/05/2015
  • Status: PipelinePIPE
  • Implementing Agency: MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES
  • Location: Maputo Province

Description

Irrigation water will be provided by gravity from Corumana Dam through Sabie River. Implementation of the second and third phase will require the rehabilitation of the Corumana Dam to provide sufficient water to irrigate the additional area of 19,000 ha. This project is expected to result in improved water resources management at Maputo Province level. Therefore, overall water demand analysis for all uses including ecosystems needs to be undertaken in this regard.


Objectives

The project objective is to increase agricultural productivity and raise incomes and living conditions of communities in the project area through appropriate irrigation infrastructure and social services. The project will enable the target group to move from low income rain fed agriculture to the production of high value crops, consistant with the National Indicative Program for Swaziland.


Rationale

Based on the prefeasibility study, the COFAMOSA Irrigation Project would develop 29,000 ha of irrigated land in possibly 3 phases, over a period of 10 years (first and second phase 10,000 ha each and the third phase of 9,000 ha). Irrigation water will be provided by gravity from Corumana Dam through Sabie River. Implementation of the second and third phase will require the rehabilitation of the Corumana Dam to provide sufficient water to irrigate the additional area of 19,000 ha. This project is expected to result in improved water resources management at Maputo Province level. Therefore, overall water demand analysis for all uses including ecosystems needs to be undertaken in this regard. In addition to the need to carry out detailed water assessment and engineering studies at the feasibly level, the per-feasibility study identified the need for social and environmental assessments to determine the impacts on the ecology and present and future inhabitants. Sugarcane was also recommended for the project during pre-feasibility study due to the sugar/ethanol market potential in the region and elsewhere in addition to the availability of experiences in cane cultivation within COFAMOSA farmers.


Benefits

Based on the pre-feasibility study, the COFAMOSA Irrigation Project would develop 29,000 ha of irrigated land in possibly 3 phases, over a period of 10 years (first and second phase 10,000 ha each and the third phase of 9,000 ha). The main crop proposed for would be sugarcane due to the sugar/ethanol market potential in the region and elsewhere in addition to the availability of experiences in cane cultivation within COFAMOSA farmers.


Key contacts

COOMPSON Joseph Akrofi - OSAN3


Estimated Cost

Amount
UAC 30,000,000