Setting up an irrigation scheme can be a challenging undertaking. There are at least three key things that you need to have, when setting up such a scheme.
The first major thing you need to have, when setting up an irrigation scheme is a reliable source of water. Here, you need to carry out certain calculations, to establish whether the available water is actually adequate for your irrigation needs. You can’t just size up the available water using your eyes, and assume that it is will be adequate for the purpose. You need to actually carry out objective calculations, keeping in mind that irrigation often turns out to be much more water intensive than one would (initially) guess.
The second major thing you need to have, when setting up an irrigation scheme is the relevant irrigation equipment. You probably need to have pumps that are powerful enough to push the water from the source to where it is required for irrigation purposes. You may also need to have pipes to move the water from the source to where it is required. Further still, you may also need to establish a network of canals, or set up a drip irrigation system, in order to deliver the water to the plants.
The third major thing you need to have, when setting up an irrigation scheme is the relevant manpower: the people to set up and subsequently run the irrigation scheme. You will certainly need to set up mechanisms for attracting – and retaining — the right people to run the irrigation scheme. You need to offer competitive wages and salaries, as well as reasonable work conditions, if at all you are to be in a position to retain a well-motivated workforce.