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Participatory action research on drip irrigation

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Conducting participatory action research with farmers and line agencies for demonstrating, disseminating and scaling up drip irrigation

Most farming in the uplands of Nepal’s midhills is rainfed with many fields remaining fallow during the dry season due to lack of irrigation water. The People and Resource Dynamics Project (PARDYP) water demand and supply survey identified scarcity of irrigation water as a major issue in Nepal’s midhills. To assess the potential of drip irrigation to address this problem, the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2000/2001, in collaboration with PARDYP, tested a low cost irrigation drip set and a more costly set in the Jhikhu Khola watershed; and PARDYP and Tribhuvan University’s Institute of Engineering (Nepal) tested the low cost set with farmers at another site at Kubinde village, Kavre.

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light green: districts in 2007

WOCAT database reference: QA NEP6

Location: Jhikhu Khola watershed, Kabhrepalanchok district, Nepal

Approach area: 111 km2

Land use: Annual cropping

Climate: Humid subtropical

Related technology: Low cost drip irrigation, QT NEP6

Target Users: Land users, Extension workers

Compiled by: Madhav Dhakal, ICIMOD

Date: August 2006, updated September 2006

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