Multi-billion water project launched in Western Kenya to advertise irrigation farming

Untold -billion water challenge has been launched in Western Kenya to assist handle perennial floods in components of the area and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) challenge dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will spread across 10,000 acres of land with a view of producing enough food to serve the entire area. 5,000 acres is predicted to be under high worth crops and the other 5,000 acres under rice and meals crops to benefit 12,000 households.
At least 34km of dykes will be constructed besides River Nzoia to prevent it from bursting its banks and discharging water which would wreak havoc on farms and houses.
Because is projected to learn at least 60,000 folks from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching the project, Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto said that a weir might be constructed to manage water flowing into River Nzoia from different rivers exterior the county.
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“Food security is considered one of our Big Four agendas and we’re committed to making sure that we have enough meals and farmers get cash,” mentioned Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice manufacturing within the area leap to a model new level.
The challenge under the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to help fight perennial flooding on the decrease Nzoia areas, whereas diverting the water and using it for irrigation.
The National Irrigation Board has mentioned that some preliminary works, which include the construction of concrete diversion weir, 135m connecting channel and 2.7km canal, are ongoing.
Kenya’s Irrigation Permanent Secretary, Fred Segor, stated the challenge was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness venture with production and value addition.
He introduced that there were efforts to ensure the project is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.
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