o Since 1978, IA has been instrumental in the setting up of 17 Public Sector irrigation projects all over the island for the planters’ community. Today the Irrigation Authority is managing some 3913 ha of land owned by about 5188 small planters and 6 sugar estates/miller planters irrigated by different methods of irrigation, namely overhead (sprinkler, centre pivot, solid set and dragline) and sub-surface (drip).
o IA is contributing towards food security by providing irrigation facilities to some 500 ha of lands and producing some 15,000 tons vegetables/onions for the net income of about Rs 200 m to the planters.
The Main activities of the Irrigation Authority include:
(a) Carrying out feasibility studies for new irrigation projects;
(b) Investigation, planning, design, construction, supervision and implementation of irrigation projects;
(c) operation and maintenance of irrigation projects and doing all acts incidental thereto;
(d) Investigation on the optimum use of water for irrigation;
(e) formulation of policies relating to irrigated agriculture;
(f) evaluation of ongoing irrigation projects and coordination of research;
(g) modernization and upgrading of old schemes so as to improve service to the planters;
(h) training of farmers on different methods of irrigation and use of irrigation equipment;
(i) provision of support to Water Users’ Associations and Cooperative Societies for the proper running of irrigation operations;
(j) provision of incentives to planters.