A multi-billion water project has been launched in Western Kenya to assist handle perennial floods in elements of the region and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) venture dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will unfold across 10,000 acres of land with a view of producing enough food to serve the complete area. 5,000 acres is anticipated to be underneath high value crops and the other 5,000 acres underneath rice and meals crops to profit 12,000 households.
At pressure gauge 4 นิ้ว of dykes will be constructed apart from River Nzoia to forestall it from bursting its banks and discharging water which might wreak havoc on farms and houses.
The venture is projected to benefit no less than 60,000 people from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching the project, Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto said that a weir will be constructed to regulate 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 are dedicated to making sure that we have adequate meals and farmers get cash,” mentioned Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice production within the region bounce to a model new stage.
The venture beneath the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to assist combat perennial flooding at the lower Nzoia areas, while 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 announced that there have been efforts to ensure the project is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.