• Paradigm shift

  • Climate change effects take stall in the Rwenzori, as KRC moves to support irrigation
  • Pilot phase records success

By Kayiwa John

One of the KRC supported irrigation demo sites at Bulyambuzi in Kabarole during the heavy dry spell in July 2016. KRC has partnered with BD and Trias under the synergy project to promote irrigation systems in the Rwenzori Region to enable farmers enhance their production despite the long dry spells

One of the KRC supported irrigation demo sites at Bulyambuzi in Kabarole during the heavy dry spell in July 2016. KRC has partnered with BD and Trias under the synergy project to promote irrigation systems in the Rwenzori Region to enable farmers enhance their production despite the long dry spells

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

 image002It 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

 

 

 

 

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Farmers attending a tree nursery bed management training in Kabughabugha- Kasese district

2 comments

  1. As a regular reader of your Newsletter I am happy to learn about this important initiative to start small-scale drip irrigation in the Rwenzori Region. As Climate Change is affecting so many areas in Africa I am interested to learn more about your experience, now and in the future. So please keep on publishing about this important initiative. In financial terms I would be interested to get some information about the initial investment costs per hectare and organisational set-up to run the scheme. Thank you and hopefully more readings from your part of the world.
    Bert Lof, Netherlands.

  2. Hon Tibamwenda Smith

    Good job done in Kilembe Kasese. Advocacy is a voice of the people and this is what is happening in Bubukwanga, Bundibugyo. People in Bubukwanga have been awakened and they will never regret what KRC did to open their eyes and ears. This has happened to both male and female, young and old, short and tall.

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