THE more than 590-hectare Nega -Nega smallholder irrigation scheme is ready,
According to the report, the Nega -Nega scheme was ready although the contractor was yet to rectify some of the defects identified during the certification process.
The Nega-Nega irrigation scheme is aimed at increasing food security and household incomes.
The Government contracted a loan of
AfDB senior agricultural officer Lewis Bangwe said of the 595 hectares of land, 35 hectares of sugar cane has been planted as nursery, and was expecting to plant 220 hectares of land by September this year.
Mr Bangwe, who said the rest of the land would be planted sometime next year, added that the irrigation scheme project would benefit about 165 households, with each farmer receiving four hectares.
And the report said a company to manage the scheme for farmers has since been registered and the workers have been recruited. It said
The report said
"Tendering for the levelling of the rest of the scheme is currently going on," said the report.
Launching the project in
He said with improved access to appropriate irrigation technologies, smallholder farmers can increase agricultural productivity and production including diversification to other crops other than maize.
Smallholder farmers can also generate income year round and switch from subsistence production to market-oriented production, with higher yielding and higher-value crops, he said.
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