Mauritius - Northern Plains Irrigation Project Phase 2

Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Mar 2005
Signature Date 21 Jul 2006
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2011
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Commitment U.A 164,250.86
Status Cancelled

Project General Description

The second phase of the Northern Plains Irrigation Project seeks to alleviate the above several constraints and boost the agricultural production over 1,377 ha of the northern plains. It’s an important part of Government’s strategy towards increasing the revenue of the sugar cane small planters and improving their standard of living. The project should allow exploitation of abandoned agricultural lands, promote use of modern irrigation technology and increase productivity of cultivated lands. At the same time, it should facilitate diversification in terms of crops production as it is expected that about 20% of the irrigated areas should be devoted to production of other crops than sugar cane. The project concerns five irrigation blocks totalling 1,377 ha and identified as: (i) block 4 with an area of 412 ha; (ii) block 5 with an area of 397 ha; (iii) block 6 with an area of 438 ha; (iv) block 7 with an area of 90 ha; and (v) block 8B with an area of 40 ha. It comprises four main components, namely: (A) Derocking and Land preparation; (B) Technical Assistance; (C) Installation of Irrigation Infrastructure; and (D) Project Management and Institutional Support.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to reduce income disparity within the community of farmers. The specific project objective is to increase productivity on 1,377 ha of agricultural land occupied by some 1,530 small planters, through introduction of irrigation.


The main beneficiaries of the project are small planters growing sugar cane, but it is expected that up to twenty percent of the land may, in the long run, be devoted to growing food crops. Specifically the project concerns directly 1,530 small planters representing about 5% of the community of small planters of the country and exploiting about 2500 individual plots. It is also expected that an estimated 15% of this target population should be women who are female heads of households and mainly engaged in growing food crops.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Mauritius
Irrigation Authority


IATI identifier 46002-P-MU-AAC-002
Last Update 06 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name TOLBA Mohamed

Geographic Location

Country Mauritius
Coordinates Location Name
-20.16194 57.49889 Port Louis
-20.05472 57.54528 Triolet