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

A multi-billion water venture has been launched in Western Kenya to help handle perennial floods in components of the area and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) project dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will spread throughout 10,000 acres of land with a view of producing enough meals to serve the complete region. 5,000 acres is anticipated to be beneath high worth crops and the opposite 5,000 acres beneath rice and meals crops to benefit 12,000 households.
At least 34km of dykes might be constructed besides River Nzoia to forestall it from bursting its banks and discharging water which might wreak havoc on farms and houses.
The challenge is projected to learn a minimal of 60,000 people from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching the project, Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto mentioned that a weir will be constructed to control 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 are dedicated to ensuring that we have enough meals and farmers get money,” said Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice manufacturing within the region leap to a new level.
The venture underneath the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to assist fight 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 2.7km canal, are ongoing.
Kenya’s Irrigation Permanent Secretary, Fred Segor, said the venture was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness venture with manufacturing and worth addition.
He announced that there were efforts to make sure the venture is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.
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