The government of Uganda through the ministry of Water and Environment has started the construction of a 545 million Shillings irrigation project in Rukungiri municipality.
The scheme is being constructed in Rwakabengo ward southern division under the supervision of Rukungiri municipal council and the ministry.
The project is expected to enhance agricultural productivity in the area by skilling farmers and supplying water to boost farmer’s levels of income.
Alban Kiconco the southern division Chairperson says the scheme will utilize water from Rwakabengo water stream.
He explains that a team of engineers from the Ministry of Water and Environment are on ground installing the water pipes asking the residents to embrace this project and utilize it for their own benefit.
Eunice Ampaire, the Rukungiri municipal deputy mayor says they are optimistic that the development will enhance food security and household income for smallholder farmers in the area.
Dan Kaguta, the resident district commissioner called for maximum utilization of the project by the locals saying that once the project is completed it will help farmers to carry out farming throughout the year.
He also asked the local farmers to cultivate quick maturing and high yielding vegetable crops, ensure garden smartness and embrace modern methods of farming to enhance food security and income levels.
This project is the first of its kind in the whole of Rukungiri district for water production.