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The Chairman of National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee and Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred O. Matiang’i, officiated the groundbreaking ceremony of Nginda Irrigation Project intake Structure at Irate River in Maragua Constituency, Murang’a County on Feb 28, 2020

He was accompanied by Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative CS Hon. Peter Munya, Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development CS James Macaharia, ICT CS Joe Mucheru, Interior PS Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho, Water & Sanitation and Irrigation PS Joseph Irungu among other leaders. They were received by the National Irrigation Authority’s Chairman Hon Eng. Joshua Toro, CEO Gitonga Mugambi and other senior officials of the Authority.

Nginda Irrigation Project entails construction of a diversion weir, water conveyance lines and infield irrigation systems at a cost of KES 217,463,125. Upon completion, 678 acres will be put under horticultural crops and fruit trees such as avocados, mangoes and tomatoes by 1, 370 farmers.

The estimated annual gross revenue of KES 168.5 million is meant to translate into farmer’s income of KES 250, 000 per year/acre/season. With the internal rate of return being greater than the discounting rate by 12%, the project is very viable and a game changer for the residents of Maragua Comnstituency, Murang’a County and Kenya at large. The Irrigation Authority is committed to implementating new projects that are geared towards acceleration of irrigation expansion and the realization of the Big 4 agenda to ensure a food secure Nation.

 

H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta toured Mwea Rice Mills (MRM) in Kirinyaga County on Feb 1, 2020. He was accompanied by CS, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives Hon. Peter Munya, EGH, Kirinyaga County Governor Hon. Ann Waiguru, EGH, among other leaders.

He was received by the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Water & Sanitation and Irrigation Mr. Joseph W. Irungu, CBS, National Irrigation Authority Chairman Hon. Eng. Joshua Toro and CEO Mr. Gitonga Mugambi.

He inspected rice milling process in the factory and issued KShs. 500 Million to buy paddy from rice farmers in Kenya at a cost of Kshs. 85 per kg in an effort to ensure ready and stable markets for rice farmers.  He concluded the visit by flagging off the first batch of lorries carrying paddy rice to Kenya National Trading Corporation.

With this move, rice farmers across the country are set to realize massive profits from farming activities, achieve economic sustainability and empowerment as anticipated in the Big 4 four agenda and Kenya Vision 2030.

PS VISIT TO GALANA KULALU FOOD SECURITY PROJECT

The PS, State Department of Irrigation, Prof. Fred Segor joined NIA Board of Directors in Galana Kulalu on August 6, 2019 to assess the state and progress of the project. The Board of Directors had earlier been in Njukini Irrigation Project on August 5, 2019 for an induction tour.

 The PS assured Kenyans that Galana Kulalu is not a failure as talks between NIA and the contractor are ongoing. Meanwhile NIA continues with cropping activities on site using equipment installed by the contractor and is currently doing the third crop. 1,500 acres are under maize production which is one month away from harvesting. NIA expects to harvest thirty 90-kg bags of maize per acre. The cost of production will be determined after the harvest in order to ensure all factors involved in the production have been captured.

NIA is also doing legumes and pasture on 80 and 100 acres of land respectively. It targets to put 200 acres of land on legume production and 300 acres on pasture production. In addition, it targets to do a trial for cotton on 500 acres of land and has already achieved 300 acres.

In Njukini, NIA has rehabilitated the irrigation project putting 347 acres of land under irrigation thereby benefitting 700 households.

NIA remains committed to steering the country towards achieving the Big 4 Agenda on Food Security and Nutrition.

 

Today The PS Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Mr. Joseph W. Irungu accompanied by NIA's General Manager/ CEO Mr. Gitonga Mugambi,  distributed 3000 avocado fruit tree seedlings worth 3M to farmers in Homabay county. The pair was flanked by Hon Gladys Wanga and Hon Dr. Pauline Kogo among other leaders. The initiative is aimed at implementing the President's directive on achieving 10% forest cover as well as improving livelihoods of farmers through income generation and promoting food security with farmers expected to earn up to 10M upon harvesting. NIA is committed to achieving the Big 4 agenda and accomplishing vision 2030 by playing it's role in fruit tree seedlings distribution across the country.

 

IRRIGATION BILL 2019 SIGNED INTO LAW

His Excellency the President Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Irrigation Bill of 2019 into law today, August 2, 2019. The Irrigation Act is intended to support sustainable food production by outlining the roles of national and county governments in facilitating irrigation activities in the country.

The Act also sees NIA transit into an Authority and redefine its roles and responsibilities, some of which are:

  1. Developing and improving irrigation infrastructure for national or public schemes;
  2. Providing irrigation support services to private medium and smallholder schemes, in consultation and cooperation with county governments and other stakeholders;
  3. Facilitating formation and strengthening of scheme management committees at scheme level for management of the schemes in consultation with the county governments and other stakeholders
  4. Ensuring that irrigation research, innovation and training functions are carried out and appropriately coordinated.
  5. Overseeing management of existing and new national or public schemes, except those under county governments, and particularly storage dams, intakes, main and secondary systems as necessary

 

The coming into force of the Act, tasks NIA with more responsibilities which NIA is willing and ready to undertake and deliver to Kenyans. This will see the realization of the Big 4 Agenda on food security and nutrition.

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