Source(s) of financing ADF: 4269418 Government: 166265
Implementing Agency: MIN OF LANDS AGRICULTURE AND WATER DEVELOPMENT
The objective of the Dande Irrigation project is to increase and stabilize agricultural production through irrigation, and provide the necessary basic infrstructure for the local people.
To identify and make a detailed design of an integrated, irrigated agricultural and agri-industrial project, with a net irrigated area of between 3,000 and 5,000 ha in the Dande River Basin, including: - investigations leading to the detailed design and preparation of tender documents for a Dam and appurtenant structureson the Dande River; - determination of the optimum area for irrigated agriculture based on the water from the dam; - design of relevant irrigation, agro-industrial, social and economic infrastructure; and - determination of other appropriate farm management and rural development intervantions.
a) The main beneficiaries are likely to be the rural population in the proposed project area, either directly through voluntary resettlement and employment as farmers or indirectly through the multiplier effect of the project on the local economy and the infrastructure and services generated by the project. b) Furthermore, the project would contribute to the national economy potentially in 3 ways: by producing export items (e.g. cotton, cashews) and thus generating foreign exchange, by import sustitution (e.g. wheat) thereby saving foreign exchange, and by further enhancing food self-reliance.
The GOZ has declared officially the high priority it attaches to irrigation development and the irrigable potential of the country has been well documented. This project would inaddition provide the basis for a sub-regional pole of economic growth, in line with the Government's policy of voluntary resttlement, and it would constitute a logical follow-up to the recent eradication of tsetse fly in the area.