NEWS AND EVENTS

JAPAN AMBASSADOR TO KENYA VISIT TO MWEA IRRIGATION SCHEME
JAPAN AMBASSADOR TO KENYA VISIT TO MWEA IRRIGATION SCHEME
PS DISTRIBUTES FRUIT TREE SEEDLINGS IN HOMABAY COUNTY
PS DISTRIBUTES FRUIT TREE SEEDLINGS IN HOMABAY COUNTY
PS VISIT TO GALANA KULALU FOOD SECURITY PROJECT
PS VISIT TO GALANA KULALU FOOD SECURITY PROJECT
IRRIGATION BILL 2019 SIGNED INTO LAW
IRRIGATION BILL 2019 SIGNED INTO LAW
Irrigation restoring Hope in Turkana County
Irrigation restoring Hope in Turkana County

 

H.E Mr. Ryoichi Horie; Japan's ambassador to Kenya, visited Mwea Irrigation Scheme today. He is on an induction tour to Kenya visiting the Big 4 Agenda projects. He mentioned that the Government of Japan is committed to support Kenya in achieving the Big 4 Agenda especially on Food security and nutrition.

Mr. Gitonga Mugambi; the National Irrigation Authority(NIA) Director General/CEO hosted him, and took him through the different activities done in the Scheme, Thiba dam and Mwea Irrigation Agricultural Development (MIAD) Center.

“The expansion of Mwea Irrigation Scheme from 12,000 acres in 1992 to the current 26,000 acres is greatly attributed to the support from the Government of Japan through JICA and the great engineers of Nippon Koei,” said the Scheme Manager.

The Japan Government has over the years supported NIA in achieving its mandate and H.E Mr. Ryoichi Horie has assured Mr. Gitonga Mugambi of continued support.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

 
 

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.

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