Kayunga District is among the 40 Districts piloting the micro scale Irrigation program in the country.
Government of Uganda with support from World Bank have designed a Micro Scale Irrigation component under Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer Program for Results Additional Financing (UgIFT AF). The Microscale irrigation program is led by the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure Mechanization and Water for Agricultural Production (DAIMWAP)of Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries(MAAIF). The program in District will be implemented by the production department.
The main aim of the Micro Scale Irrigation program is to enhance the uptake of cost-effective micro-irrigation technology by farmers in Uganda so as improve farm productivity and their standard of living. The program is part of Uganda’s National Irrigation Policy which aims to create more irrigated land by the year 2040.
The Government will pay between 25% and 75% of the total cost of the irrigation equipment, but with a maximum contribution of 7.2 million Shillings per acre. This means for example that if a farmer wants to irrigate 1 acre, he/she may pay between 2 million and 8 million Shillings depending on your farm situation and the irrigation equipment that you choose. If the farmer wants to irrigate 2.5 acres he/she may pay between 5 million and 20 million Shillings depending on her/his farm situation and the irrigation equipment that he/she choose (solar or petrol/diesel).