pressure gauge ไฮ ด รอ ลิ ค -billion water venture has been launched in Western Kenya to assist handle perennial floods in elements of the region and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) challenge dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will unfold throughout 10,000 acres of land with a view of producing enough meals to serve the complete region. 5,000 acres is expected to be underneath excessive worth crops and the opposite 5,000 acres beneath rice and meals crops to learn 12,000 households.
At least 34km of dykes might be constructed besides River Nzoia to stop it from bursting its banks and discharging water which might wreak havoc on farms and houses.
The challenge is projected to profit at least 60,000 folks from two western counties of Busia and Siaya.
While launching the challenge, Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Ruto mentioned that a weir might be constructed to regulate water flowing into River Nzoia from different rivers exterior the county.
ALSO READ: Kisumu City to get funding for expansion of water supply
“Food safety is one of our Big Four agendas and we’re dedicated to making sure that we have adequate food and farmers get cash,” mentioned Ruto
Residents are optimistic the relaunch of the Irrigation Scheme will see rice production within the area bounce to a model new level.
The venture under 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 said that some preliminary works, which embody the construction of concrete diversion weir, 135m connecting channel and 2.7km canal, are ongoing.
Kenya’s Irrigation Permanent Secretary, Fred Segor, said the venture was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness venture with production and value addition.
He introduced that there have been efforts to ensure the venture is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.