The government of Uganda is set to build an intergrated irrigation scheme at River Mpologoma in Kibuku District in Eastern Uganda to fight the persistent drought and empower residents financially, reports the Daily Monitor.
The Mpologoma River Basin Integrated Agriculture Development Project, estimated at 1.28 billion dollars is meant to establish a stable agricultural-production-based environment.
“The ministry is implementing the directive of the President to fully utilise the existing [water] resources to promote irrigation systems because of the prevailing situation that has been compounded by the long dry spell,” said Mr Vicent Ssempijja from the Ministry of Agriculture
Mr. Ssempija added that the project is expected to run for the next 49 years and will be implemented in phases.
The project will entail several components, including aquaculture, domestic water supply and livestock farming according to the feasibility study done.