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Gulu Irrigation Scheme Undergoing Tests

The scheme covers 20 Acres of land on the Western Bank of River Abera in Ayweri Village in Paibona Sub County, some 60 Kilometers North East of Gulu Town. He says the Ministry of Water and Environment has planned to construct another 15 mini irrigation schemes in the district to transform agriculture in the district.
25 Jan 2019 08:00
Gulu District LCV Chairperson Martin Ojara Mapenduzi Examines A Sprinkler During The Testing Exercise Which Lasted 10 Minutes

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The multi-billion Awach Paibona Irrigation Scheme in Gulu district is undergoing tests.

Plumbers are testing the efficiencies of water control valves and revolving sprinklers at the scheme.  The testing exercise started on Wednesday.

During the testing, the water engineers are drawing water from a large pool gathered underneath giant tree canopies using a mini water pumping generator to irrigate some of the transplanted vegetables.

Although the overhead water sprinklers rotate with difficulties under low pressure, the engineers are optimistic that a bigger generator will ignite life into the sprinklers. The sprinklers have been connected to a plastic fertilization tank from which fertilizers and pesticides will be mixed for the crops planted in the scheme that has been organized into plots.  

More than 100 sprinklers have been installed alongside more than 30 water control valves to deliver water to hundreds of rotating sprinklers standing more than five meters above the ground. 

The Sprinklers connected to main water lines from the generator uniformly protrude from underground across the scheme. They scatter water onto crops at intervals to drench the soil into moisture as may be required by the plants. 

Mansions working at the scheme are building a big generator powerhouse adjacent to a deep suction station from which water will be drawn into the scheme. The powerhouse and the suction station are located mid-way between the scheme and the winding River channel. 

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu district LCV Chairperson says that he is happy with the progress made in building the scheme.

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Ojara says the scheme covers 20 Acres of land on the Western Bank of River Abera in Ayweri Village in Paibona Sub County, some 60 Kilometers North East of Gulu Town. He says the Ministry of Water and Environment has planned to construct another 15 mini irrigation schemes in the district to transform agriculture in the district.

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It is unclear how much government has spent on establishing the project being supervised by the Ministry of Water and Environment under the Water for Production Project.

Engineers at the site declined to speak citing government bureaucracy in information sharing.

Mapenduzi inspected vegetable seedlings which are ready for transplanting in germination nursery beds protected from insects by white perforated cloth linens. The beds have seedlings of Onions, Green Pepper, Cabbages and Tomatoes. Some of the Cabbages and Tomatoes have been transplanted in the various plots in the scheme while Water Melon seeds are waiting to sprout.

When completed, the irrigation scheme will be a flagship government irrigation scheme in West Acholi after the 27 Billion Shillings rehabilitated Agoro irrigation scheme in Lamwo district in East Acholi.

The irrigation scheme is one of the many Climate Change adaptation and mitigation technologies discussed at the annual Summits of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Their adoption is viewed as critical in helping humanity navigate the difficult water challenge of the 21st century as global warming threatens to reach the 2 degrees Celsius catastrophic region.