Source(s) of financing ADF: 5000000 Cofinanced: 2653080 Government: 850342
Implementing Agency: GOVERNMENT OF LESOTHO MINISTRY OF FINANCE
Location: North-East of Maseru
The project is the development of irrigated agriculture on an area of about 5,000 acres in the valley of the Phuthiatsana river.
The project would involve dam construction, construction of field and access roads, housing, provision of agricultural machinery and equipment, and crop production inputs.
The principal economic benefit of the project is the increased output of crops valued at R. 1.70 million (FUA 2.27 million) at full development. The net income would be about R. 178.50 (FUA 228.5) per acre. This is income shared by the farmers and Government, and would help raise Government revenue and thus reduce the dependance of the public treasury on foreign asistance for the development and recurrent expenditure.
In the context of the first five Development Plan, the proposed project accords with several objectives. First, it would achieve the extension of the market economy by concentrating on the production of high value crops for both the domestic and external markets. Secondly, it would create new jobs, and introduce a high level of agricultural technology and marketing than that which presently exist in the areas, and also train staff who would later employ these improved methods in future irrigation schemes in Lesotho. Lastly, the project would further the efficient utilization of Lesotho's most valuable but still under utilized and under exploited natural resources of land, water and people.