Category Archives: Issue: Irrigation

AFA calls for farmers’ participation in irrigation projects

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) called on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to ensure the meaningful participation of small-scale farmers in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating irrigation projects.

AFA made the call during the Asian Irrigation Forum (AIF) held on 11-13 April 2012 at the ADB Headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

The Asian ADB organized the forum to “review the region’s performance in irrigation and irrigated agriculture, explore the future of irrigation and drainage in rural development, and identify needs and opportunities for strengthened partnerships to deliver more productive irrigation services throughout the region.”

AFA was represented by Chairperson and FNN President Uon Sophal, FNN Staff Noy Kimhong, Sec General Esther Penunia, Policy Advocacy Officer Lany Rebagay, and Marketing Officer Vicky Serrato.

AFA delivered the following messages during the forum:

-Small-scale women, men and young farmers recognize the importance of irrigation in improving productivity and ensuring food security.

-Government should invest in community-based irrigation system, small to medium irrigation scheme, reservoirs and support water-saving farming technology like SRI and other infrastructure that will support efficient use of water e.g. rainwater harvesting storage facilities, repair of irrigation system.

-Ensure meaningful participation of small-scale farmers in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating irrigation projects.

-Alongside improvement of irrigation systems, government should make coherent policies that would ensure productivity and food security through appropriate and sustainable policies on land use, granting of rights/access and control of small farmers to productive resources like land, water, seeds including access to markets.

-Expand private-public partnership to include small-scale farmers, CSO, private and public partnership in the principle of social and solidarity economy.

CSOs attending the forum also emphasized the importance of “land tenure to encourage investments, the need to institutionalize participation of CSOs/farmers and inclusion from the beginning and not just in implementation, insufficient water supplies, the need to have access to technology and be ‘trained’, and concerns about ‘privatizing’ irrigation, and the need to make farming profitable.”

The CSOs expressed hoped that these messages will be taken into account as the organizers prepare the forum synthesis and recommendations which will help shape ADB’s agenda on irrigation and drainage for the next 10-15 years.

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In the News (Taiwan): Government to compensate farmers for halting rice irrigation

Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) Taiwan’s government will provide monetary compensation for farmers who have left their rice paddies fallow to save water due to a looming drought, the Council of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Agency said Thursday.

Farmers who halted irrigation for rice cultivation and converted their farm for growing drought-reistant green manures will be given the monetary compensation, the agency added.

The compensation will be up to NT$80,000 for each hectare of such rice fields, the agency said.

To ensure adequate water supplies for household and industrial use, rice cultivation in parts of southern Taiwan was suspended for the first harvest of this year, according to the agency.

The compensation figures were derived from the calculation of 105 percent of the average income each farming household makes from one hectare of rice paddy last year, which stood at NT$72,821.

Read the full story at Taiwan News

In the News: Cambodian PM says irrigation network to cover 70 pct by 2013

BATTAMBANG, Cambodia, Feb 02, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday that by 2013, irrigation network in his country will cover up to 70 percent of the total cultivated land.

In his speech at ground breaking ceremony of Kanghot Irrigation Development Project, donated by China, in Battambang province, Hun Sen said that the irrigation network will be able to cover as many as 70 percent of all cultivated land in the country by 2013.

Read the full story at TMC Net

In the News: Commodities Buzz: Thai Farmers Face Rice Ban Over Second Crop

Thailand’s irrigation department is considering a proposal to the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry to ban second-crop rice growing if farmers failed to cooperate as water levels in the major dams continue to drop alarmingly.

Meanwhile Irrigation Department deputy chief Weera Wongsaengnak has said the department needed to store water to deal with drought as June and July this year were predicted to receive little rainfall.

Read the full story at Bloombert UTV

In the News: Northern Vietnam faces lean harvest

VietNamNet Bridge – Lacking obvious solutions, the northern region may have a poor winter-spring crop, observed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat at an extended cabinet meeting last week.

Phat said that the Mekong River Delta, the largest rice basket in Vietnam, will have a good harvest, but the Red River Delta is facing difficulties like epidemic diseases, a warm winter and drought.

The Minister said that a disease on rice has spread to 18 northern provinces, from the central province of Quang Nam northward.

Read the full story at Viet Nam Bridge

In the News (Cambodia): Irrigation project key to rice output

Having suffered from a lack of water for years, the agricultural community near a new reservoir in Banteay Meanchey province says it is now planning to harvest up to three crops per year

RECENTLY completed reservoir in Banteay Mancheay province is set to help almost 440 families in Ponley and Phkorn communes triple their rice harvests this year and boost their incomes.

The Ponley Water Reservoir, a group of 12 waterworks funded mostly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and completed in August as part of the Northwest Irrigation Sector Project, is key to unlocking the area’s economic potential, said ADB Project Implementation Officer Piseth Long.

“Whilst overall availability of water in northwest Cambodia is limited, there is an obvious potential to raise agricultural production and rural incomes, and consequently reduce poverty where enhanced supply and management of water for irrigated agriculture and protection from flooding can be provided,” he said.

Read the full story at The Phnom Penh Post