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Farmers ask government to rehabilitate Agoro Irrigation Scheme

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Farmers in Lamwo district have appealed to government to immediately rehabilitate the multi-billion shillings Agoro Irrigation Scheme less than four years after major works were done to improve it.
They argue that the production of crops from the sub county has dropped because farmers don’t have enough water to irrigate their crops.
Government secured 27 billion shillings from the African Development Bank (ADB) and through the Ministry of Agriculture, for the rehabilitation of the irrigation scheme which covers 675hectares in a bid to improve food security and livelihoods in northern Uganda.
By 2012, the works on the irrigation scheme which was to directly benefit a total of 2,000 local farmers was completed, handed over and commissioned by former Water Minister Betty Bigombe in April 2013.
Farmers were encouraged to grow rice in addition to the fruits and vegetables.
Paul Kibwota, the Chairperson, Agoro Irrigation Scheme Cooperative Society, says that both the major and tertiary canals were poorly constructed and some farmers are not able to access water for their crops.

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