Swiss support for irrigation project

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 10, 2015-

Switzerland and Nepal have agreed to execute Small Irrigation Programme ( SIP)- Phase I, in which the Swiss government will contribute Rs 1.78 billion.

An agreement to this effect was signed on Tuesday by Finance Secretary Suman Prasad Sharma and Swiss Ambassador to Nepal Urs Herren. They singed and exchanged a memorandum on behalf of their respective governments.

The Nepal government will contribute Rs 1.12 billion in the project that is expected to cost Rs 3.06 billion.

The first phase of the programme will be of four years period which will be implemented in nine districts —Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Khotang, Udayapur, Sindhuli, Dailekh, Achham, Kalikot and Jajarkot.

The goal of the programme is to increase the agricultural income of rural poor, especially the disadvantaged groups by offering optimal backward and forward linkage to agriculture production value chain through synergy with two upcoming Swiss funded agriculture projects—Nepal Agriculture Service Development Programme and Nepal Agriculture Market Development Programme.

It will develop around 1,800 small irrigation schemes, covering an irrigation area of 15,000 hectares, and will benefit more than 25,000 small farming households.

The Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development will execute and monitor the SIP through the Department of Local Infrastructure Development and Agricultural Roads in close coordination with the respective district development committees.

Published: 11-02-2015 09:22

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