2017 Water project
In 2017, CACTES partnered with Tamakoshi Sewa Samiti to create a water irrigation system in Manthali, which is in the town in Ramechhap, Nepal. The irrigation system was built to provide farmers and their families easier access to water. Agriculture is very abundant in Nepal with approximately 90% of the families relying on it as their primary source of income. During the dry season, it is especially important for farmers to access water for their crops. Farmers will travel far and use seepages to obtain the water they need. Through this project, CACTES was able to help many farmers improve their crop production and increase their income.
The structure of the irrigation system included a 35 meter cement canal was attached to a large catchment tank. This large take was then connected to a masonry pond that can hold up to 40,000 litres of water. To irrigate the farmer’s land, a 115 cement canal was used to transport the water from the pond to their land. The reservoir tank would ensure that there would be a 24 hour supply of water and resources available for the irrigation. The irrigation was used to produce wheat and potatoes during the winter season, covering around 6.8 hectares of land. The land was also around 1,700 meters above sea level. This project was able to provide water through irrigation to 65 households, which is approximately 350 people.
During calculation of the cost of the project, it was value at around $10,000 to complete. Fortunately, with the money that CACTES raised, we were able to help with efforts in building an irrigation system that families in the Kubukasthali region can use to improve their quality of life.