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 address perennial floods in parts of the area and promote irrigation farming.
The Ksh7 billion (US$70 million) project dubbed Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project will unfold throughout 10,000 acres of land with a view of manufacturing sufficient meals to serve the complete area. 5,000 acres is anticipated to be under excessive worth crops and the opposite 5,000 acres beneath rice and meals crops to learn 12,000 households.
At least 34km 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.
pressure gauge หน้าปัด 4 นิ้ว is projected to benefit at least 60,000 people 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 certainly one of our Big Four agendas and we are committed to ensuring that we have sufficient 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 brand new level.
The challenge beneath the National Irrigation Board was conceived in 2006 to help fight perennial flooding on the lower 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, stated the project was set to be a fully-fledged agribusiness venture with manufacturing and value addition.
He introduced that there were efforts to ensure the venture is completed in 2021 as had been envisioned.

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