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The Groundbreaking Ceremony of Nginda Irrigation Project by CS Dr. Fred Matiangi
The Groundbreaking Ceremony of Nginda Irrigation Project by CS Dr. Fred Matiangi
JAPAN AMBASSADOR TO KENYA VISIT TO MWEA IRRIGATION SCHEME
JAPAN AMBASSADOR TO KENYA VISIT TO MWEA IRRIGATION SCHEME
The Head of State Tours Mwea Rice Mills with Goodies for Rice Farmers.
The Head of State Tours Mwea Rice Mills with Goodies for Rice Farmers.
PS DISTRIBUTES FRUIT TREE SEEDLINGS IN HOMABAY COUNTY
PS DISTRIBUTES FRUIT TREE SEEDLINGS IN HOMABAY COUNTY
Irrigation restoring Hope in Turkana County
Irrigation restoring Hope in Turkana County

 

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 
 

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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