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 tackle perennial floods in components 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 manufacturing sufficient food to serve the entire area. 5,000 acres is expected to be under high worth crops and the other 5,000 acres underneath rice and food crops to learn 12,000 households.
At least 34km of dykes shall be constructed apart from River Nzoia to prevent it from bursting its banks and discharging water which would wreak havoc on farms and homes.
The project is projected to learn at least 60,000 people from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching the venture, Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto mentioned that a weir will be constructed to control water flowing into River Nzoia from other rivers outdoors the county.
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“Food safety is one of our Big Four agendas and we’re dedicated to ensuring that we have adequate food and farmers get cash,” said Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice manufacturing in the region bounce to a new degree.
The project underneath the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to assist combat perennial flooding at the decrease Nzoia areas, while diverting the water and using it for irrigation.
The National Irrigation Board has mentioned that some preliminary works, which embrace 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 worth addition.
He announced that there were efforts to make sure the venture is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.
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