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Rwanda irrigation master plan

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The IMP provides Rwanda with a planning tool for rational exploitation of its soil and water resources. Intended to trigger an increase in crop production of both staple foods for local consumption and high-value products for export the IMP will support decision making by: • identifying the most favourable areas to establish irrigation water infrastructure; • estimating the water stock that can be used for irrigation; • prioritising distribution of irrigation water; • identifying means of transporting water to selected sites; • recommending means of abstraction for the chosen type of water source; • establishing irrigated agriculture in small- medium- and large-scale projects on hillsides marshlands and other topographically suitable areas; • identifying options for upgrading the agricultural value chain through appropriate training and extension (especially promoting the use of inputs introducing mechanisation training in postharvest management and marketing and sales); • recommending options for water harvesting and storage; • proposing solutions for drainage and flood mitigation; • recommending locations and management for water storage and hydroelectric purposes; • producing a plan map for the potential irrigation areas (PIAs) that could be irrigated by the different kinds of water resources by agroclimatic zone (ACZ) or even province level; and • articulating the national policy options concerning the distribution of irrigation water.

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