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The case analyses how land users, researchers, engineers and policy makers involve in the overbuilding of the rectangular irrigation grid of postcolonial irrigation by a new circular grid of high tech private pivot irrigation. The focus is on how their involvement in overlapping modern projects of postcolonial and neoliberal irrigation positions them in particular ethnic and class positions in relation to (forming) institutions of land tenure, citizenship and cultivation/irrigation and technologies of infrastructure. We explore how different farming identities created by development organisations, researchers, farmers take form in struggles over the irrigation grid.