Irrigation Department has been practicing participatory Irrigation Management for more than hundred years and in the decades of 1980s; this participatory management concept was introduced as a subject in the water resource sector. Then the well known IMAC (Irrigation Management Cells) concept was introduced and achieved many targets in upgrading living conditions of farming community.
Current socio-economic demands of the farming community are different from previous ones and need to be addressed with a broad vision. Now it is mandatory to get optimum benefit from one unit of water and one unit of land to upgrade the living conditions of farming community and general public as well.
To achieve the above objectives a new branch named as “Irrigation and Productivity Enhancement” was formed under the restructuring of Irrigation Department. Recently the branch started to function in January 2013 and many programmes already commenced. It is found that there is a big demand for the subject at field level.
- Facilitating farmer participation for optimum use per unit of water and land.
- Monitoring productivity improvement to paddy cultivation and other field crops in all major and medium schemes.
- Coordinate services of relevant line agencies responsible for credit, agriculture inputs, marketing and income generation programme etc.
- Training and capacity building of officers and farming community.
- Participatory Management for development of farmer organization and project management committees.