About Us

Non Conventional Irrigation Technology Project (NITP) was established on 2060 B.S. to promote other than conventional irrigation technology/ies and techniques. Its aim was to provide irrigation facility both to the under irrigated areas as well as areas designated as non irrigable due to various reasons ranging from high development cost to non availability of sufficient quantity of water for conventional irrigation schemes. Apart from basic objective of providing irrigation to otherwise dry lands it aims to lessen social discrimination between 'have's" and "have not's". Rescuing poor from vicious cycle of poverty and uplifting women, disadvantaged and marginalized groups of people economically are the ultimate goal of this project. 

NITP in Nepalese Context

When either waters acquisition for irrigation or its application, if both of them or any one of them, is not conventional in nature than that is Non Conventional Irrigation System in our context. In other words any irrigation schemes which are different from conventional irrigation system are non conventional irrigation system. Hence, irrigation system which includes one or more than one of components listed below

  • Drip 
  • Sprinkler 
  • Treadle Pumps
  • Low cost water storage (Thai jars, Soil-cement tanks) 
  • Rain water harvesting mainly for irrigation
  • Lifting water using renewable energy (Solar pumps, Electric pumps, Barsha Pumps etc) 


are examples of non conventional irrigation in Nepalese context.

NITP has also taken up projects for restoring large ponds, which were traditionally used for irrigation, in Terai region to increase its efficiency and capacity and use it for the development of non conventional irrigation system.


Vision, Mission, Goal and Objectives of NITP
To provide non conventional irrigation technology for the poor and disadvantaged people's non-irrigated land in the mountains, hills and Terai of Nepal and increase food security within Nation.
To launch an effective micro-irrigation service delivery mechanism with high-value crop production support for the poor and disadvantaged people, implemented as a joint effort of governmental organizations, CBOs, NGOs and the private sector in the country.
To provide technology, skills and services to the poor and disadvantaged people to increase production and productivity of high-value crops by providing micro-irrigation services.
To implement the micro-irrigation program for providing and effective micro-irrigation service delivery mechanism with high value crop production support for poverty alleviation.
Objective of the project are thus,
  • Serve disadvantaged group
  • Serve marginal land and farmers
  • Provide irrigation to severely water deficit areas
  • Help to achieve poverty reduction goal by promoting high value crops such as vegetable, herbs, fruits etc farming.