Watering crops

27 Jun 2019

Tractebel has just signed a contract with the Ministry of Water & Environment of Uganda to develop a comprehensive irrigation master plan.

Uganda has one of the highest irrigation potentials in the world with over 15% of the country’s surface area covered by fresh water resources. Agriculture is a highly important sector contributing one-quarter of Uganda’s annual GDP and providing livelihoods for almost three-quarters of its working population. However, agricultural production is principally rainfed and, with increasingly unpredictable rainfall and more frequent prolonged dry spells, total production is highly constrained and well below potential levels.

Water is a key ingredient in agricultural productivity. Water demands for irrigated agriculture are expected to grow exponentially in coming years as climate change perpetuates unreliable rainfall patterns. In order to address this issue and to achieve its policy of poverty alleviation and economic growth, Uganda recognises that irrigation has a major role to play in increasing production.

The Ministry of Water & Environment entrusted Tractebel’s experts from the Business Entity Germany with the development of a comprehensive national irrigation master plan. When the master plan is completed in January 2020 it will enable the government to approach potential investors and partners to finance priority interventions covering infrastructure development, transformation of the agricultural sector, and climate change resilience. 

 

Murchison falls on the Victoria Nile river, Uganda

 

Discover our water expertise

Related news

anastasia_palagutina_Vfd1Ztak8aQ_unsplash_banner

CO2 reduction in Africa

How can CO2 emissions be cut as the power grid is expanded? A team of experienced Tractebel energy specialists are providing support to Kenya...

Find out more
13 Aug 2019
Fosses_la_Ville_Windfarm_002

Bat-friendly wind turbine

ENGIE Laborelec, a company of Tractebel BU, in partnership with ENGIE Lab CRIGEN, is innovating by testing an ultrasonic bat protection system on a wind turbine in Belgium.

Find out more
12 Aug 2019
More_food_less_water_Banner

More food for less water in southern Asia

Irrigation farming in Bangladesh, India and Nepal faces major challenges, not least because of climate change. Modernisation is required to achieve improvements in...

Find out more
07 Aug 2019
Tractebel_Lahmeyer_Lalipur_Nepal_ec

Modernisation optimises load dispatch centre in Nepal

The load dispatch centre of the Nepal Electricity Authority no longer meets the requirements of modern grid systems. Also the control system is now outdated. Tractebel has...

Find out more
31 Jul 2019