The Kimbulwana Oya Irrigation Scheme: An Approach to Improved System Management
This paper describes problems prior to rehabiltiation and associated irrigation management innovations in the Kimbumlyana Oya Irrigation Scheme in 1979. Included in the new developments was a simplified form of technical guidance for farmers. Organized farmer participation was used in the operation and maintenance of the system through a water issue board. The explicit role given to farmers increased their confidence and as a result it was possible to introduce systematic rotational water distribution, advance the cultivation calendar, and increase cropping intensity.