PAKWACH. The first phase of Wadelai irrigation scheme being constructed by Chrisbert construction limited is nearing completion.

During a joint a tour to asses its progress by teams from the ministry of water and Environment and Pakwach district leadership on Tuesday, the officials expressed satisfaction about the pace of construction of the five canals and diversion of Ora river water to enable easy excavation of the dam for constant water supply for the irrigation farming.

Located 46km from Pakwach district headquarters with an estimated project area of 1000 hectare of land, the project is set to benefit over 3000 farmers after completion to increase productivity and create jobs for youths and women.

Ms Magrate Adata, the commissioner in the ministry of water and Environment said the speed and quality exhibited by the constructor is promising.

"Out of the other same project, Wadelai is a baby but in a special way on behalf of government we are pleased with the speed and workmanship of the work so far", she stated.

She advised the contractors to coexist harmoniously with the community in the project area and desist from social issues like snatching women from their spouses and overconsumption of alcohol.

"Most of our projects have collapsed due to big money spending and family’s disability, I know a lot of money is coming here, please it should not be an obstacle in this huge project ", she warned.

Ms Bena Awor, the project focal person said there is a need to build the capacity of the local farmers by profiling the active group members to avoid cases of majority missing.

"Very few know what irrigation is all about and this has resulted into a slow response to applications, a lot is still desired from the Wadelai community", she said.

The shs54.7billion project is supported by the African development bank and the Nordic Development Fund. It is expected to be completed in 2021 as a development strategy to promote agriculture in the country.

The Ugandan government is also undertaking four similar irrigation schemes in the country which includes Doho in Butaleja district, Mubuku in Kasese, Tochi in Oyam and Ngenge in Kween district.

The ministry officials urged Pakwach district leadership to begin massive sensitization of the people to embrace the project so that it is effectively used when completed.