Water Pumps to Improve Irrigation for Dry Zone Farmers

Apr 3, 2018

Farmers learning to assemble the motorised water pumps

Seventy motorized water pumps were distributed to farmers at a ceremony held in Shwebo Township last week. The pumps will help improve access and availability of water for irrigation to close to 3000 people and irrigate more than 2900 acres of land used to grow rice, pulses, sugar cane, eggplant, tomato and onion.

The water pumps were handed over to farmers’ groups which will ensure its proper management and operation for long-term sustainability. They were made available through the Addressing Climate Change Risks on Water Resources and Food Security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar” project which is funded through the Adaptation Fund, and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.

U Myint Thein, one of the beneficiaries from Hin Tha Gyi village said that he will be able to double onion production in the coming season now that water will be available during the dry season.

The handover ceremony was attended by Honourable U Moe Kyaw Thu, Regional Parliament Member of Sagaing, U Maung Htoo, Director of General Administration Department of Shwebo District and Chairman of District General Management Committee, and representatives of relevant departments of Shwebo District and Township.

“I am happy to see that most of the beneficiaries are from the eastern part of Shwebo, where water is scarce,” said U Win Myat Thein, Assistant Director of the Department of Rural Development.

“Drought and water scarcity are the dominant climate-related hazards in Myanmar’s Dry Zone, making it the most food insecure region in the country. UNDP is pleased to assist communities in addressing these concerns which constitute a constant threat to the livelihoods of the rural poor,” said Dawn Del Rio, UNDP Deputy Country Director.

The “Addressing Climate Change Risks on Water Resources and Food Security in the Dry Zone of Myanmar” project aims to benefit more than 250,000 people living in five townships - Shwebo and Monywa in Sagaing Region, Myingyan and Nyaung Oo in Mandalay Region, and Chauk in Magway Region. The project started in 2015 and will conclude in 2019.

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