A multi-billion water project has been launched in Western Kenya to help tackle 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 throughout 10,000 acres of land with a view of producing sufficient meals to serve the whole area. 5,000 acres is expected to be underneath high value crops and the other 5,000 acres beneath rice and meals crops to profit 12,000 households.
At เพรสเชอร์เกจnuovafima of dykes shall 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 project is projected to learn 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 mentioned that a weir might be constructed to regulate water flowing into River Nzoia from different rivers outside the county.
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“Food safety is certainly one of our Big Four agendas and we’re committed to ensuring that we have sufficient meals and farmers get cash,” stated Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice production within the area leap to a new level.
The project under the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to help combat perennial flooding on the lower Nzoia areas, whereas diverting the water and utilizing it for irrigation.
The National Irrigation Board has said that some preliminary works, which embody the development of concrete diversion weir, 135m connecting channel and a pair of.7km canal, are ongoing.
Kenya’s Irrigation Permanent Secretary, Fred Segor, stated the project was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness enterprise with manufacturing and worth addition.
He announced that there have been efforts to ensure the challenge is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.