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Kiroka Village Irrigation Scheme

Agriculture, Environmental/Climate Change, News/feature, Ireland, Tanzania, 2013
Kiroka Village, Tanzania, Irrigation Scheme

Kiroka village benefits from an irrigation scheme that covers 147 hectares and makes it possible to grow a greater range of crops and harvest twice each year.

Kiroka village in Morogoro District of Tanzania is home to nearly 5,800 people. Agriculture is the main source of income in the village and people grow a range of crops, including maize, rice, beans, sweet potatoes, cassava, peas and tropical fruits. 

The village benefits from an irrigation scheme that covers 147 hectares and makes it possible to grow a greater range of crops and harvest twice each year. A group of farmers, known as Kiroka Farmers Irrigation organization or “Wakulima wa Umwagiliaji Kiroka” (UWAUKI) manage the scheme. Rice is the main crop grown and maize the second crop. Vegetables are also grown as inter crops during the off season.

The irrigation scheme is a joint venture between the Agriculture Sector Development Programme (ASDP) supported by Irish Aid and other development partners, and farmers’ contributions.