Each of the planned sites will comprise a water source, transmission pipeline, storage tanks of 87, 000 litres, distribution networks for irrigation, and on-farm irrigation system network. Nexus Green Chief Executive Officer, Rikki Verma says the scheme can support over 30 farmers with five acreages each.
Farmers in Mpumu
in Ntenjeru Sub County Mukono district has appealed for financial support from the government to enable them to upgrade
to commercial farming
so as to benefit from multi-million solar water project in their
The government through the Ministry of Water and
Environment contracted Nexus Green to design to supply and install 700 water sites across the
country. The project is expected to cost
95 million Euros borrowed from the UK Export Finance. On Friday, the
State Minister for Environment, Beatrice Atim Anwyar commissioned the first
solar-powered irrigation scheme in
Each of the planned sites will comprise a water
source, transmission pipeline, storage tanks of 87, 000 litres, distribution
networks for irrigation, and on-farm irrigation system network. Nexus Green
Chief Executive Officer, Rikki
Verma says the scheme
can support over 30 farmers with five acreages each.
However, the farmers say much as the irrigation scheme has been established in their area, they lack the financial capacity to venture
into commercial farming. Gladys Ndagire, one of the farmers notes that the project is
important since they have been making losses because of crops
failure during the prolonged dry spells.
She says that although the government
has provided a solution to the prolonged dry
spell, they will need financial support to upgrade to commercial farming.
Edison Patrick, a banana farmer close
to the irrigation plant
says that he stopped growing other crops such as maize and beans due to the unpredictable seasons. He has hope that with the irrigation scheme in
the area, he will be able to
embrace commercial farming once the government extends the necessary support.
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Currently, there is no farming activities in the three gardens
where the irrigation system has reached. It is only in one garden where there are a few stunted
beans and maize plants. Alfred Okot Okidi,
the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Water and Environment, says that the installation of the schemes will take three years. He says farmers will run the plants using between 20 to
30 percent of the profits from their farm
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Beatrice Anywar, the State Minister for Environment, believes that
once farmers put the project to good
use, their lives will
transform. Janet Rogan, the UK COP26 Ambassador for Africa and the Middle East who
also visited the project, says with
the current climatic changes such projects are important for low-income communities.