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

A multi-billion water project has been launched in Western Kenya to assist handle perennial floods in elements of the area and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) venture dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will spread across 10,000 acres of land with a view of producing sufficient food to serve the whole area. 5,000 acres is anticipated to be underneath high worth crops and the opposite 5,000 acres underneath rice and food crops to profit 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 might wreak havoc on farms and homes.
The challenge is projected to profit a minimal of 60,000 folks from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching the challenge, Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. เกจวัดแรงดันไนโตรเจนราคา said that a weir will be constructed to control water flowing into River Nzoia from other rivers outside the county.
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“Food security is one of our Big Four agendas and we’re committed to ensuring that we have adequate food and farmers get money,” mentioned Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice manufacturing in the region jump to a new degree.
The project under the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to help combat perennial flooding at the decrease Nzoia areas, while 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 challenge was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness enterprise with production and worth addition.
He introduced that there were efforts to make sure the project is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.
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