As per the Irrigation Act, NIB’s mandate is;

  • promoting and improving national irrigation schemes in the country
  • Conducting research and investigation into the establishment of national schemes
  • Designing, constructing, supervising and administering irrigation schemes
  • Coordinating and planning settlement on national irrigation schemes
  • Determining the number of settlers to be accommodated in national irrigation schemes
  • Promoting marketing of crops and produce in national irrigation schemes in liaison with organizations responsible for marketing of agricultural produce and
  • Formulating and executing policy regarding national irrigation schemes in conjunction with the Water Resource Authority.

For many years, NIB operated under the above mandate till 2002 when the board restructured itself following changes in government policy to focus its activities in;

  • Coordination of construction and rehabilitation of major irrigation and drainage infrastructure
  • Operation and maintenance of major irrigation and drainage infrastructure
  • Administering land in the public schemes and providing technical advice to farmers

 

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