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

A multi-billion water project has been launched in Western Kenya to help tackle perennial floods in parts of the area and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) challenge dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will spread across 10,000 acres of land with a view of manufacturing enough food to serve the whole region. 5,000 acres is expected to be under high value crops and the opposite 5,000 acres under rice and food crops to learn 12,000 households.
At least 34km of dykes will be constructed apart from River Nzoia to forestall it from bursting its banks and discharging water which would wreak havoc on farms and houses.
The project is projected to profit a minimal of 60,000 folks from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching ไดอะแฟรม ซีล , Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto mentioned that a weir shall be constructed to regulate water flowing into River Nzoia from different rivers outside the county.
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“Food security is one of our Big Four agendas and we’re committed to making sure that we’ve adequate meals and farmers get money,” said Ruto

Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice manufacturing in the region jump to a model new degree.
The challenge beneath the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to help fight perennial flooding on the lower Nzoia areas, whereas diverting the water and utilizing 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 a pair of.7km canal, are ongoing.
Kenya’s Irrigation Permanent Secretary, Fred Segor, mentioned the project was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness venture with production and worth addition.
He introduced that there were efforts to ensure the project is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.

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