Lift irrigation system planned for uplands

Lift irrigation system planned for uplands

Mar 2, 2015-

A lift irrigation system has been planned to bring water to 1,500 hectares of parched fields situated above the Tamor River.

Lift irrigation is used to irrigate fields situated at a higher level than the water source.

A preliminary survey has been started with the aim of irrigating more than 30 dry areas along the river.

According to Irrigation Division Office-3, Dhankuta, they have planned to

provide irrigation through a lift irrigation facility to 30 areas including Nawakokhola and Tribeni Ghat on the border between Dhankuta and Panchthar districts and Kushetar, Yakchnatar, Belharabesi, Saptingtar, Gopalpur and Safaitar along the Tamor River.

Two lift irrigation systems will be operated in these areas. The farmlands lie 30-150 metres above the river. Division chief of the Irrigation Division Office Dev Raj Niraula said that the project would be implemented after completing the study within a week.

Around 1,500 hectares of land here are facing a shortage of water to farm. The government has also announced providing a 50 percent subsidy on the cost of the lift irrigation facility on the condition that farmers cultivate at least 50 hectares of land by using renewable energy.

The farmers here have largely been dependent on rain water for irrigation. According to Niraula, the river flows 50 metres below the fields and the farmers have been facing a dearth of water to do farming.

Meanwhile, the agricultural roads here have already been expanded. Due to the expansion of these agricultural roads, farmers have no problem getting their agricultural products to market.

During the summer, water is not a big problem, but in the winter, the farms cannot be cultivated properly due to lack of irrigation.

The Irrigation Office has planned to complete installing the facilities within the next three years.

Published: 03-03-2015 09:37

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