National Irrigation Development Programme

The National Irrigation Development Programme (NIDP) was developed in 1998.

The purpose of the NIDP, which is being implemented by the National Irrigation Commission Limited, is to increase agricultural area under improved irrigation management practices, and therefore contribute to increase high payoff agricultural production and farmer outcomes.

Fifty one (51) projects are to be included under the Programme at a cost of US$106 million. Funding entities are the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Jamaica (GOJ).


Components of NIDP

  • Institutional strengthening of the NIC
  • Irrigation Systems Infrastructure
  • Farmers’ Technical Assistance and Training
  • Formation and Promotion of Water Users’ Associations


Projects Implemented to Date

Project Parish Area (ha) Farm.
CDB Funded Projects
Hounslow Rehabilitation St. Elizabeth 520 470
Beacon/Little Park St. Elizabeth 240 270
Seven Rivers  St. James 32 32
IDB Funded Projects
Yallahs (Phase 1) St. Thomas 242 265
Colbeck St. Catherine 110   99
New Forest Manchester 368 242
Essex Valley St. Elizabeth 900 400
GOJ Funded Projects
Microdam Rehabilitation Clarendon 185 30



Location – Fifty One (51) Projects



Future Infrastructure Projects 

  • Essex Valley, St. Elizabeth
  • Yallahs, St. Thomas, Phase 2
  • Extensions to Beacon/Little Park in St. Elizabeth to incorporate Flagamans
  • Energy Management Initiatives
  • Water Management Initiatives