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Deputy President Launches Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project
Deputy President Launches Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project
Inauguration Of The New NIB Board Of Directors Chairperson
Inauguration Of The New NIB Board Of Directors Chairperson
NIB Board of Directors Visit to Turkana County
NIB Board of Directors Visit to Turkana County
Irrigation restoring Hope in Turkana County
Irrigation restoring Hope in Turkana County
Kisumu County and NIB delivered promise to rice farmers in Ahero
Kisumu County and NIB delivered promise to rice farmers in Ahero

The Deputy President H.E. Hon. Dr. William Ruto today launched Lower Nzoia irrigation project and toured Sisenye irrigation scheme in Busia and Siaya Counties.

He was accompanied by the Principal Secretary State Department of Irrigation and the National Irrigation Board General Manager/CEO Gitonga Mugambi where they joined farmers in transplanting rice in one of the rice blocks meant to benefit from the gravity fed system of the Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project.

The Government through National Irrigation Board is implementing Lower Nzoia Project which targets 10,000 acres. Once finalized, the project aims to benefit 12,000 households  with 5,000 acres under high value crops and 5,000 acres under rice and other food crops.  The project has been financed by the World Bank/ International Development Association(IDA) at 70% and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau ( KfW) at 30% and the Government of Kenya; counterpart funds. Construction of the intake works is 90% complete while the cumulative completion status of all the project components is at 12.1%.

In addition, its completion will convert the Bunyala Irrigation Scheme from the expensive pump fed system of irrigation to gravity fed system. This will in turn reduce the cost of production and increase rice production in the scheme.

In his speech, Dr. William Ruto said the project was as a result of his promise to finding a long lasting solution to notorious floods in the region as well as address food security in-line with the Big 4 Agenda.

 

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri, CBS, MGH today inaugurated the new NIB Board of Directors Chairman, Hon. Eng. Joshua Ngugi Toro. This follows his appointment by His Excellency the President via special Gazette Notice Vol CXXI - No. 56, under notice number 4282 as the chairperson of the Board with effect from May 3, 2019.

The Principal Secretary, State Department of Irrigation Prof. Fred Segor handed him the tools of power during the ceremony. These include: the Irrigation Act, Cap 347 of 1966, a draft irrigation bill of 2017, the company seal, Mwongozo, State Corporations Act, NIB current strategic plan among others to guide him in execution of his duties.

Hon. Eng. Toro promises to join efforts with the other Board members and the entire NIB fraternity to steer it towards achieving the Big 4 agenda on food security and nutrition.

NIB Board of directors toured Turkana County with the aim of being familiarized, to interact with farmers as well as to identify the challenges facing the scheme and projects, farming techniques and the irrigation systems for ease of coming up with measures to mitigate hunger in the region. The visit began on May 13, 2019 in Turkwel Irrigation Project in Loima sub-county and ended on May 16, 2019. Among the places they visited are; Kolioro Nadapal and Lojokobwo irrigation projects as well as Katilu Irrigation Scheme. The scheme and projects are envisioned to alleviate perennial hunger in the region. NIB is committed to achieving Food and Nutrition Security of Nation in line with the Big 4 agenda.

 

 

 
 

200 acres of sorghum is ready for harvesting in Kolioro Irrigation Project in Turkana County with 120 acres of maize approaching harvesting. Expected yield in 90 kg bags is 8-10 and 10-12 for sorghum and maize respectively.

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.

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