A project, which sets out to enhance the climate change resilience of the agricultural sector and coastal areas, has received an allocation of $8.4 million in the 2012/13 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.
Being financed by the Adaptation Fund, the initiative seeks to establish a micro-dam; implement rainwater harvesting and small scale gravity irrigation and productivity programmes using climate-smart agriculture; and establish and rehabilitate soil conservation and land husbandry infrastructure.
Targets envisaged for 2012/13, include: approval of engineer drawing and designs for establishment of a micro-dam in northern Manchester, and for small scale irrigation systems for 20 selected sites; undertaking community workshops; and approval of training manuals for prospective farmers using the small scale irrigation systems.
Being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the project, which began in January this year, is slated for completion in January 2016.
By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter