The Community Managed Irrigated Agriculture Sector Project – Additional Financing (CMIASP-AF) consists of additional financing is for the original CMIASP, which has performed well but was closed in 2014.
The new project (CMIASP-AF) is expanding project outputs and activities to additional areas and continues to support the government’s development objectives and has been accorded top priority by the government.
For this purpose, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 30 million loan on 10 April 2014 and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed a USD 30 million co-financing agreement on 23 September 2014.
The ADB loan became effective on 3 June 2014 and the OFID loan has also been recently declared effective.
The project aims to enhance the productivity of 150 existing Farmer Managed Irrigation Schemes (FMIS) in the Eastern and Central development regions (EDR and CDR), covering a total command
area of 19,920 ha. 145 of these are traditionally FMIS, and 5 are Agency Managed Irrigation Systems (AMIS) constructed by government that have been receiving minimal government support for operation and maintenance.
After successful rehabilitation the management responsibility in these 5 systems will be transferred to the respective WUAs. The expected impact of the project will be that farmers have increased food security.
The expected outcome is that participating farmers increase agricultural production to its full potential.
Productivity will be measured through (i) yields of major crops increased by at least 30% in the Terai and 45% in the hills, and
(ii) cropping intensity in irrigated areas increased by at least 30%.
To achieve its expected outcome, the project will have four outputs:
The Ministry of Irrigation has delegated the authority of project management to the Department of Irrigation (DOI). The DOI is the executing agency for which it has established a central project management office (CPMO). The Department of Agriculture (DOA) is the implementing agency and for this purpose the Directorate of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has re-established the PIU that was active during CMIASP.