|Approval Date||16 Mar 2005|
|Signature Date||21 Jul 2006|
|Planned Completion Date||31 Dec 2011|
|Last Disbursement Planned Date||31 Dec 2010|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Sovereign|
|Sector||Agriculture and Rural Development|
|DAC Sector Code||31140|
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.
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.
African Development Bank
Government Of Mauritius
|Last Update||31 Oct 2019|