The “Small Scale Irrigation Program” aims at developing the agriculture in the Republic of Moldova through revitalization of its irrigation systems.

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Moldova is placed in a semi-arid zone with rainfall deficit, being often affected by drought. A particular risk for farmers in recent years presents water scarcity and the drought phenomenon. The number of years affected by drought is growing. An efficient irrigation through modern technology allows farmers to produce high-value food products such as: vegetables, fruit and table grape varieties. All these crops require significant amounts of water during the growing season.

For the development of the “Small Scale Irrigation Program in the Republic of Moldova”, the "Food Security Program" of the European Commission has provided financial support, over the years 2005 and 2006 , amounting to 24 946 600 lei. The implementation of the project was conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry of Republic of Moldova through the Project Implementation Unit (PIU)  

The Food Security Programme (FSP) of the European Commission proposed, through the “Small Scale Irrigation Program in Republic of Moldova”, an installment sale of the following watering equipment:

  • Mobile drum irrigation machines;
  • Mobile water pumping stations (electric, diesel and tractor socket driven)
  • Drip irrigation systems for vegetables, orchards and vineyards.

The mobile machinery and pumping stations were sold in 4 installments by 40%, 20%, 20% and 20%.

The drip irrigation systems have been sold in 3 installments by 40%, 30% and 30%.

The funds offered through the Food Security Program were used to purchase and sell in installments 94 units of mobile irigation systems with super thin rain water, 30 water pumping stations and 40 mobile drip irrigation systems. Following the full implementation of the Project in 2005-2007, the irigted areas have increased by 7000 hectares, including the installment sale of irrigation equipment - 3000 ha.

During the period 2008-2014, the Circulating Fund, consisting of funds accumulated from the sale of irrigation equipment, was used to procure 140 mobile irrigation systems, 100 water pumping stations and 67 mobile sets of drip irrigation systems.
As a result of the equipment sales in 2008-2014, the irrigated areas grew over 3600 hectares.
The total number of beneficiaries of the irrigation equipment is consisted of over 300 agricultural ventures.