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

A multi-billion water project has been launched in Western Kenya to assist address perennial floods in parts of the region and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) venture dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will spread throughout 10,000 acres of land with a view of producing sufficient meals to serve the complete area. 5,000 acres is predicted to be beneath excessive value crops and the other 5,000 acres under rice and meals crops to benefit 12,000 households.
At least 34km of dykes shall be constructed in addition to River Nzoia to prevent it from bursting its banks and discharging water which would wreak havoc on farms and houses.
The project is projected to benefit no much less than 60,000 individuals from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching differential pressure gauge ราคา , Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto stated that a weir will be constructed to manage water flowing into River Nzoia from different rivers outside the county.
ALSO READ: Kisumu City to get funding for growth of water provide
“Food safety is certainly one of our Big Four agendas and we are committed to making sure that we have sufficient meals and farmers get money,” mentioned Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice production in the region jump to a new degree.
The venture under the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to assist fight perennial flooding on the lower Nzoia areas, whereas diverting the water and utilizing it for irrigation.
The National Irrigation Board has stated that some preliminary works, which include the development of concrete diversion weir, 135m connecting channel and 2.7km canal, are ongoing.
Kenya’s Irrigation Permanent Secretary, Fred Segor, mentioned the project was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness enterprise with manufacturing and worth addition.
He introduced that there were efforts to make sure the venture is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.

Leave a Comment