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

Priceless -billion water project has been launched in Western Kenya to help address perennial floods in components of the region and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) project dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will spread across 10,000 acres of land with a view of producing enough food to serve the whole region. 5,000 acres is predicted to be under high value crops and the other 5,000 acres underneath rice and food crops to profit 12,000 households.
At least 34km of dykes shall be constructed besides River Nzoia to forestall it from bursting its banks and discharging water which might wreak havoc on farms and homes.
The project is projected to benefit no much less than 60,000 individuals from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching the venture, Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto said that a weir might be constructed to regulate water flowing into River Nzoia from other rivers outside the county.
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“Food safety is one of our Big Four agendas and we’re committed to ensuring that we have adequate food and farmers get money,” said Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice production in the area bounce to a new degree.
The project beneath the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to help combat perennial flooding at the lower Nzoia areas, while diverting the water and using it for irrigation.
The National Irrigation Board has stated that some preliminary works, which embody the development of concrete diversion weir, 135m connecting channel and 2.7km canal, are ongoing.
Kenya’s Irrigation Permanent Secretary, Fred Segor, stated the challenge was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness enterprise with production and value addition.
He introduced that there were efforts to ensure the project is accomplished in 2021 as had been envisioned.
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