- Climate change effects take stall in the Rwenzori, as KRC moves to support irrigation
- Pilot phase records success
By Kayiwa John
Having soldiered on for a number of years without adequate water for production, the worries of the farmers in the Rwenzori Region will soon end as KRC moves to partner with other development actors to promote irrigations systems.
This development comes amidst a growing concern that during droughts many farms dry up and leave farmers in losses. In light of this therefore, and basing on its long term experience working with local farmers in the Rwenzori Region, KRC partnered with its long time funding partner BD and TRIAS to come up with an initiative to contribute to the fight against effects of climate change –and one of the vehicles to achieve this is supporting simple irrigation technologies in the region.
This drip irrigation technology to has come in handy to solve the problem of drought. To begin with two sites have been installed with irrigation kits in Bulyambuzi- Harugongo Kabarole District and Kirembe in Kasese districts
The third kit is under installation in Ntoroko district. This is still a pilot project that intends to research on the efficiency and effectiveness of the drip irrigation Technology.
So far farmers benefiting from the facilities testify that the technology is of much importance in terms of labor and their crops are looking extremely health. For instance work used to be done by ten people in two hours is now done by only one person with in less than thirty minutes.
This initiative bends in well with the KRC promotion and construction of energy saving cook stoves in Kasese, Kyenjojo and Kabarole as one way of addressing the effects of climate change
It is also important to note that KRC puts efforts to mitigate climate change through establishment of community tree nursery beds in Kabarole, Kyenjojo and Kasese. This intends to provide tree seedlings to farmers for tree planting as a way of mitigation as seen below