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Kisumu County and NIB delivered promise to rice farmers in Ahero
Kisumu County and NIB delivered promise to rice farmers in Ahero
Agriculture and Irrigation CS Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri and NIB GM/CEO Mr. Gitonga Mugambi inspection tour of the household and community water pans
Agriculture and Irrigation CS Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri and NIB GM/CEO Mr. Gitonga Mugambi inspection tour of the household and community water pans
Courtesy visit by Kisumu County Government and NIB management to Ahero Irrigation Scheme
Courtesy visit by Kisumu County Government and NIB management to Ahero Irrigation Scheme
NIB Board of Directors visit to Western Region schemes and projects
NIB Board of Directors visit to Western Region schemes and projects
Conference on Food for progress program
Conference on Food for progress program

The CEC Kisumu County, today delivered a cheque worth eleven million, two hundred and fifteen thousand Kenyan shillings, on behalf of the Governor Kisumu County Prof. Anyang Nyongo to rice farmers in Ahero irrigation scheme.

The money was promised to the rice farmers late February after hailstorm occurred in Kisumu with the hailstones damaging 100% of the rice crop in the farm.

A team from both the County Government led by the Governor and NIB team led by National Irrigation Board (N.I.B) General Manager/ C.E.O Gitonga Mugambi, promised the farmers that they would work together to help the farmers recover some of their losses and prepare for the new cropping season.

The Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o during the visit in February, donated Ksh1.5M to slash and bale the destroyed crop, while (N.I.B) General Manager directed a waiver of seed and water charges worth Ksh.4 million to the farmers at Ahero Irrigation Scheme.

In addition, farmers were assured that special attention would be given to their school going children by ensuring that they are awarded county bursaries to keep them in school.

Agriculture and Irrigation CS Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri accompanied by NIB GM/CEO in an inspection tour of the household and community water pans with a view of assessing their implementation progress. The project is aimed at enhancing water storage at household and community level for Irrigation and domestic use as part of the Big 4 agenda on food and nutrition security.

Kisumu County Governor, H.E Prof. Hon. Anyang’ Nyong’o, FAAS, EGH accompanied by NIB General Manager/ CEO Mr. Gitonga Mugambi and other Senior Officials of the Board toured Ahero Irrigation Scheme to assess the effect of hailstone rains which pounded the scheme on Monday February 25, 2019 causing 100% crop loss of paddy rice. The Governor pledged a support of 12.5M towards purchase of inputs for farmers to crop again and an additional 1.5M to slash and bale the destroyed crops.

The Boards’ General Manager/CEO issued a waiver on seed and water charges worth 4M and further pledged support in providing seed and water required for the next cropping season. NIB is committed to support farmers across the country to increase, improve and intensify crop production in an effort to realize the targets under the Big 4 agenda on food and nutrition security.

NIB Board of directors and management led by Chairman Mr. Mudzo Nzili and GM/CEO Mr. Gitonga Mugambi toured Ihindu irrigation project in Nakuru county,  Perkerra irrigation scheme and Eldume irrigation project in Baringo county,  Meteitei irrigation project in Nandi County,  Ahero and west Kano irrigation schemes in Kisumu county  to assess progress and production status. The visit also gave them a chance to be able to interact with the farmers who benefit from the irrigation activities that the Board undertakes and also get to know some of the challenges that farmers have.

NIB is mandated to develop irrigation infrastructure for provision of irrigation water to farmers in order to enable them to carry out irrigated agriculture across seasons to enhance food production, create employment and make Kenya a food secure nation in line with the Big 4 Agenda.

Conference on Food for progress program

 

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