Government of Nepal
Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation
Department of Water Resources and Irrigation
Community Managed Irrigated Agriculture Sector Project (CMIASP)

About the Project

The Community Managed Irrigated Agriculture Sector Project (CMIASP) is the Follow-up Programme of Irrigation Sector Project (ISP) and Second Irrigation Sector Project (SISP) in 35 districts of Eastern & Central Development Regions of Nepal. The overall goal of the Project is to promote inclusive economic growth while reducing poverty in the rural areas of Central and Eastern Development regions. Its specific objective is to improve agriculture productivity and sustainability of existing small and medium-size FMIS suffering from low productivity and high poverty incidence, and thus enhance the livelihood of poor men and women including ethnic minorities and dalit.

The estimated Project Cost is US$ 38.6 million. To meet the project cost ADB and OPEC Fund will provide a loan equivalent of US$ 20 million and US$ 7 million respectively. The Government of Nepal will provide US$ 9.4 million equivalent to cover about 24% of the total project cost.  The beneficiary farmers will contribute US$ 2.2 million equivalent (6% of the project cost) in the form of labor, cash or in kind.

Irrigation Subprojects

Under the CMIASP103 Irrigation Subprojects (ISP) are being implemented in 3 batches of which the 1st batch consisted of 27 subprojects, 2nd batch of 41 subprojects and 3rd batch of 35 subprojects. The subprojects comprises of irrigation infrastructure development that involves rehabilitation of existing irrigation infrastructure and/or expansion of the irrigation network, Social Development, strengthening of Water User Associations (WUAs), Agriculture Development and Livelihood Enhancement . The WUA in which the beneficiary farmers are organized is actively participating in subproject planning, development and implementation and will be responsible for system management based on an agreed O&M plan.

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  Irrigation Infrastructure Development

Irrigation Infrastructure Development involves the rehabilitation of existing Farmer Managed Irrigation Schemes (FMIS) in accordance with a jointly prepared implementation plan by the DOI and WUAs. This system rehabilitation usually consists of improvement of; (i) water diversion into the system; (ii) conveyance efficiency of the canal network; (iii) flow control and water distribution and, in some cases increase of the irrigation coverage of the system. The construction progress of the irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation is continuously tracked via the internet based information system.  Monthly progress is entered by the respective SMUs responsible for the implementation of the respective subprojects via internet using custom developed software

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Socio Institutional Development

A four stage development approach to strengthen the WUA and improve the position of women and disadvantaged is being implemented. The four stages comprise of social mobilization, institutional strengthening, participatory system design and irrigation infrastructure construction and social/agricultural development 

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Agriculture Development Plan

The Agriculture Development Plan (ADP) consists of a package of agriculture extension activities aimed at improving the irrigated agriculture practices and techniques in the subproject areas. The agriculture extension package is tailored to the individual needs of each subproject and formulated by the District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) together with the beneficiary farmers of each subproject. The plan takes into account the envisaged cropping pattern after system rehabilitation, and the specific requirements to support this cropping pattern as identified jointly by farmers and DADO technicians. 

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Livelihood Enhancement Plan

The livelihood Enhancement Plan (LEP) provides targeted support for small scale agricultural activities to disadvantaged groups in the subproject areas. The plan has been formulated by the DADO in consultation with representatives of the disadvantaged groups which were identified and organized with support of a local NGO engaged by the project to support social development in the subproject areas. The LEP usually comprises of extension activities for micro agriculture development such as small scale vegetable production, mushroom cultivation, bee keeping and micro irrigation.

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Google based maps are available for all the projects.  Click enabled maps are provided for the batch I, II and III. The maps shows the Intake, Command Area, Main Canals and Branch canals along the user updated photographs, notes etc.  In order to view the detailed map, Google Earth should be installed in the computer.

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Current Activities

The Progress data and maps are updated continuously by the various users.  Summary of the current activities are automatically generated by the system.

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  About Internet Based Project Information System

The MIS has been developed through a collaborative effort between the ISPMC JV (GITEC CONSULT, NIA Consult, GEOCE, EAST Consult and PRECAR) and Aviyaan Consulting (P) Ltd In Association with SOFTWEL (P) Ltd of Nepal