Multi-billion water venture launched in Western Kenya to promote irrigation farming

A multi-billion water challenge has been launched in Western Kenya to help tackle perennial floods in elements of the region and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) challenge dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will spread throughout 10,000 acres of land with a view of manufacturing enough food to serve the entire area. 5,000 acres is expected to be underneath excessive worth crops and the other 5,000 acres beneath rice and meals crops to benefit 12,000 households.
At Elusive of dykes will be constructed apart from River Nzoia to forestall it from bursting its banks and discharging water which would wreak havoc on farms and homes.
The venture is projected to benefit at least 60,000 individuals from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching the venture, Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto mentioned that a weir might be constructed to manage water flowing into River Nzoia from other rivers outdoors the county.
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“Food security is certainly one of our Big Four agendas and we’re committed to making sure that we now have sufficient food and farmers get money,” said Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice production within the region bounce to a new stage.
The project under the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to help combat perennial flooding at the decrease Nzoia areas, whereas diverting the water and utilizing it for irrigation.
The National Irrigation Board has said that some preliminary works, which embrace the development of concrete diversion weir, 135m connecting channel and a pair of.7km canal, are ongoing.
Kenya’s Irrigation Permanent Secretary, Fred Segor, said the venture was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness venture with production and worth addition.
He introduced that there were efforts to ensure the project is accomplished in 2021 as had been envisioned.
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