New Hamdab Project (El Multaga)

Four sites have been selected for resetting the different groups of affected people. The first of which is the New Hamdab (Multaga) site to house 7% of the affected people. The second site which is due to completion early 2006, is built to accommodate the Amri people, it is called the New Amri. The third site is the Mukabrab, which will accommodate the Manaseer people, and the last one in Kaheela East site. In the following parts, details will be given about each of these projects.

Location:

 This project is situated in the Debba Province in the Northern State, on the western bank of the Nile, between Goshabi and Abu Kileiwat villages. It is located on longitude (31-6-8), and (31-13-31) East, and latitude (17-58-11) and (17-55-11) North.

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 The General Characteristics of the Project:

The land of the project has a triangle shape which is surrounded by trans-states highways. From northeast, we find the Northern Highway to Debba-Dongola, and from the Southwest, there is a road branching from the Shirial El Shimal highway to Merowe. These features has made the location as a meeting point for important roads that link the Capital city to the towns in the North. The location is characterized by its proximity to the River Nile.

The Agricultural Project:

      The Agricultural Project extends parallel to the river Nile from east to west. It covers a space of 35,000 feddan, from which 13,760 feddan have been planned for the first stage. The nearest farms are 600m away from the Nile.

   Irrigation Designs:

v     The Project pumps have been designed to operate using electricity rather than diesel, in order to match the future vision for the Dam.

v     A power station has been built on the site to supply the Projectís pumps electricity.

v     Around 6840 feddans are directly irrigated from main station

v     Another 6830 feddans are irrigated by the booster.

v     The pumping station is composed of 5 irrigation units of 2.4 cm per sec. (4+ 1 reserve)

v     The booster is composed of 3 irrigation units of 2.4 cm per sec. (3+ 1 reserve)

v     The power station has 4 diesel generators of 2000 kv each, to operate pumps at the main and sub-stations.

v     The Project has one main 7.4 km canal, 4 secondary canals and 13 sub-canals, with a total length of 18 km.

v     The irrigation design consists of a complete drainage grid to drain the excess of irrigation and rain water.

 

The Agricultural Seasons:

o       At the beginning of the Project operation, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources issued a decree appointing a Board of Director for the Project headed by the Minister, and the following as members:

1.      Debba Locality Commissioner as deputy head

2.      The Director of the Pioneering Project

3.      The General Manager of Agriculture in the State

4.      The Agricultural Projects Manger at the Commission

5.      The Manager of the New Hamdab Project as a reporter

6.      5 members from the farmer of the project.

The Board started its task by setting, approving and following-up on the agricultural plans. It holds periodical meeting at the Project offices.

 

The following table gives an evaluation for the seasons:

Season

the targeted farms

The cultivated farms

Dameerah 2003

148

112

Winter 2003

312

261

Summer 2004

566

330

Winter 587

587

470

 

It was noticed that the productivity rate of the farms has increased compared to previous seasons, especially in the farms whose owners managed to implement the technical packages, where the average product exceeded the estimation of 3 sacks per feddan stated in the feasibility study.

The MDPIU has paid many field visits to the farmersí leaders in the neighboring projects with the aim of benefiting from the administrative and irrigation experiences of those projects in Multaga.

 

During those seasons the Project Management laid the ground for the farmersí participation in the administration through their agents. It also supervised the formation of the agricultural committee and involves it  in preparing all plans and programs related to the project.

The Commission conducted a Field Day during the 2004 Winter season. It was attended by the Director of the Agricultural Research Station, and all heads of departments at the Station.

During the summer season of 2004, the MDPIU established a unit for breed improvement to help the farmers to include animal in the agricultural cycle, and hence increase their income.

 

The Commission conducted courses for farmers, in which lectures and video shows were used to introduce  to modern methods of farming.

 

Gardens:

The MDPIU signed a contract with the Federal Administration for Gardens, on 26th Dec. 2002 to build two nurseries in the Project, each with the space of 50 feddans.

 Forests:

A contract has been signed on 18th April 2004 with   the Forests Administration in the Northern State to plant a forest belt composed of 6 rows, and 18m wide, in the northern and north-eastern part of the Project. It covers a distance of 19,4 km.

The Residential Compounds at El Multaga:

The Project consists of two villages, each has a capacity of 430 houses. The following service facilities are provided in each village: the mosque, Quranic schools (khalwah), basic and secondary schools for boys and girls, clinic, club and a market. A third village has been built for the project management ; it includes offices, rest place, and staff residence.

 The Cost:

The total cost of the agricultural project and the residential compounds is $30 million.