Kasese - The government has earmarked Shs 19.7bn for the rehabilitation of Mubuku irrigation scheme in Kasese district, according to Flavia Munaaba, the state minister of Environment.

Munaaba said the major aim for the rehabilitation of the scheme is to restore the original production capacity of the scheme. Funds will come from the African Development bank and the government of Uganda.  Other irrigation schemes to be rehabilitated through the project include Doho in Butaleja district, Agoro in Lamwo district, and Olwenyi in Lira district.

Mubuku irrigation scheme has been in existence for 44 years and is crucial to farmers around the area. Munaaba said the ministry of Water and Environment will be responsible for the monitoring, supervision, and for provision of extension services for effective water use.  Frank Twinamatsiko, the chairperson Basija Kweyamba Mubuku farmers’ cooperative union, said the irrigation scheme was last rehabilitated in 1973.

He said out of over 2,000 acres that government demarcated for irrigation, it’s only 500 acres that are being utilized, while the rest were abandoned. He said food production remains low in the area.

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