President Ruto to commission Multi-billion Lower Nzoia Irrigation project !

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A section of Lower Nzoia Irrigation canal

The multi-billion shilling Lower Nzoia Irrigation Development project funded by World Bank approximately kshs 3.9 billion is set for completion by end of September before being commissioned  president William Ruto.

 

According to principal secretary state department for  irrigation, Ephantus Kimotho, once complete, the project will increase rice farming acreage to 10,000 and benefit over 12,000 farmers Busia and Siaya county respectively.

 

“What is remaining is about 1.4km to connect to the old canal of Bunyala scheme the work that is expected to be complete by September this year so that we can we decommission the old system which was using electricity that turns out to be very expensive,” said PS Kimotho.

 

“I challenge the county government of Busia and Siaya to sensitise the rice farmers to utilize the canal for the 10,000 acres because there is  an opportunity to increase 10,000 more acres using the same canal in phase two,”added Kimotho.

 

Busia  acting county secretary Elijah Mwaro who represented governor Dr.Paul Otuoma stated that the Lower Nzoia Irrigation project is the pet project for the county boss who has affirmed his commitment to collaborate with the national government to deliver the project which will be a game changer to Busia residents in efforts to enhance food security

 

“Lower Nzoia irrigation project is governor Otuoma’s pet project and among his flagship projects aimed at promoting  food security and value addition,” disclosed Mwaro.

 

Budalang’i Member of parliament Raphael Wanjala lauded the national government for its commitment to ensure that the project is completed  on time benefit  area residents who are mainly  farmers.

 

“This project is very important to Kenyans because maize has become very expensive and is making us fight in the street therefore we need to look for the alternative food and that is rice,” stated Wanjala.

 

The legislature requested the government to consider putting up a rice milling machine within the Bunyala irrigation scheme to enable the farmers process the rice and to also cut off the middlemen who are milking farmers.

 

The chairman Magombe rice cooperative society Christopher Gunyi exuded his confidence in enhancing rice  production.

 

Siaya county leads with 8,400 registered rice farmers compared to Bunyala with 4,200 farmers who will benefit from irrigation and drainage services.

 

The Lower Nzoia Irrigation project commenced in 2018 whose goal is to mitigate perennial flooding in Budalangi and also address food security.

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