Lower Kuja Irrigation Development Project

The Lower Kuja Irrigation Development Project is located in Nyatike Sub-County, Migori County close to the shores of Lake Victoria within the Lower Kuja River basin.

The Project history dates back to the 1980s when various studies, planned and organized by the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA), identified the potential for irrigation within the area with the use water for irrigation from the Kuja and Migori Rivers. Between 2010 and 2011, a feasibility and detailed design study was carried out by GIBB Africa Ltd on a contract with the National Irrigation Board (NIB), Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

The Consultant submitted his report on February 2011. The project was tendered on 07th June 2011 and the construction work contract was awarded to Frabo and Company limited / G.L.Williams Limited Joint Venture contactors on 1st February 2012 and GIBB Africa Limited were to supervise the works.

The planned development was for a net irrigable area of 7717 ha at a cost of 4,047,327,732 with the annual net revenue at 180 % production estimated at 2.3bn the predominant crop being rice farming.

Current Status

During the financial year 2018/19, the scheme target is to put 1000 acres in Block 3 under production through:

  1. Development of on farm irrigation canals.
  2. Development of on farm irrigation structures.
  3. Training of farmers on irrigation farming.
  4. Linking farmers to creditors.
  5. Coordinating with other stakeholders in agricultural sector.

To date 600 acres is under irrigation command with 200 acres under production having farming activities at different levels. The production predominant activity within the project area is bush clearing, bands preparation, land preparation, transplanting, weeding and bird scaring. The main crop in this area is rice with other crops like horticulture and sorghum. The scheme currently has 105 farmers benefiting from irrigated agriculture.

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