The KZN Department of Agriculture partnered with the KZN Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to revitalise the Ndumo “B” irrigation scheme, which comprises 410 ha of irrigable land alongside the Pongola River 13 km south of the Mozambique border.
The scheme was conceptualised in the early 1990s with Phase 1, an area of 150 ha, provided with sprinkler irrigation for vegetable and maize farming. Phase 2 received rudimentary irrigation infrastructure in 1995 for sisal crops which were cultivated until the demise of sisal as a commercial crop.
The purpose of the project was to revitalise the irrigation infrastructure to an acceptable standard for commercial vegetable production. This entailed refurbishing the ailing in-field pipework in Phase 1 and construction of a new 260 ha dragline sprinkler system for Phase 2 with pump station, buried PVC mains and HDPE laterals.
Phase 2 comprised 27 plots ranging from 7 ha to 14 ha.