Musa Ibrahim


Project Engineer, Practical Action Kassala, Sudan

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  • Mesquite clearance in Darassa – from dream to reality

    July 25th, 2017

    Ahmed Mohammed Tahir Betay, President of Kassala state Legislative Council and former commissioner of Telkuk, admired the Darassa catchment integrated water resource action plan, saying that ‘to demonstrate the whole is better than only a part’.

    Mesquite clearance in DarassaHe decided to help implement this action plan by sharing his knowledge of cleaning mesquite from Telkuk town when he was commissioner there. This resulted in increased water supply in hand dug wells during the dry season.  So he will have support for this idea in Darassa, along with the scientific evidence and feasibility studies for the subsurface dam and the rehabilitation of Girgir Dam.

    The action plan aims to increase groundwater recharging and promote water facilities in Darassa. This village, which has a small reservoir and nine hand pumps, suffers from chronic water shortages during dry season .

    In community gathering in the village level Ahamed Mohamed Tahir launched the idea of removing mesquite, an invasive tree which affects both water availability and agricultural production.

    Increased water in wellsAt the gathering  during his visit to the subsurface dam construction in Darassa he said:

    “I realize that the subsurface dam is a new scientific innovation for this area and I hope it will be successful.  But besides that we will clear the mesquite which will be a bonus.  I declare to you all that Darassa catchment will be clear from mesquite and I am here to launch it. My contribution is the excavator machine and the community will cover the fuel, lubricant and operational and driving costs. We will lead the process from here to other places Practical Action working in Girgir dam, Misud and elsewhere. ’’

    This declaration puts Practical Action Sudan and the community on the verge of great hope.  There are challenges  and accountability issues, so the big question is whether this tremendous opportunity can be implemented well.  It is hope that, with this leadership from the government all partners will share in supporting this enterprise.



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  • Celebrating the harvest in Sudan

    October 22nd, 2015

    Yesterday the Ministry of Agriculture  organized a harvest celebration at Girgir dam, in the Kassala area of Sudan.  It was led by the general director of the Ministry.  Participants attended from the departments responsible for land use, agricultural research, technology transfer and planning as well as the World Food Programme, German Agro Action and the Algandoul network for rural development.

    girgir dam1The Ministry of Agriculture consider the Girgir dam one of the best locations in the state for harvesting yield  in 2015, a year which experienced a shortage of rainfall throughout the state.

    The dam strongly demonstrated its ability to cope with this difficult situation by harvesting water across boundaries and spreading it to farms downstream.

    The total area of the land harvested is estimated to be about 800 feddan and the harvesting yield is about 720 kilograms of sorghum per feddan.

    girgir2The Girgir water harvesting project, located 30 km north of Kassala, was established in 2008.  It is designed to irrigate about 1500 feddans of land.  Seven villages benefit from the project with a total population of 12,500.

    Advantages of the Girgir dam

    1. It spreads water over 1,500 feddans
    2. Builds social linkages between farmers
    3. Collective management of the catchment area
    4. Harvests trans-boundary water from high land of Erttaria
    5. Reduces soil erosion and runoff
    6. Possibility of increasing the amount of irrigated land through water diversion
    7. Possibility to feed ponds  and ground water from the diverted water
    8. Increased soil moisture in the catchment area which makes it possible  to have more than one harvesting season
    9. Increased fertility of the catchment through accumulation of silt in the catchment area
    10. Increased diversity of green cover vegetation
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