NEWS AND EVENTS

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
NIA SHINES IN 2019 KISUMU REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW
NIA SHINES IN 2019 KISUMU REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW
Deputy President Launches Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project
Deputy President Launches Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project
Irrigation restoring Hope in Turkana County
Irrigation restoring Hope in Turkana County

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.

NIA SHINES IN 2019 KISUMU REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW

The National Irrigation Authority participated in the annual Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Kisumu Regional Show held between July 22, 2019 and July 28, 2019. The show was themed, “Promoting innovation and technology in agriculture and trade”.

From the exhibition and presentation of the various innovations and technologies, NIA managed to scoop a trophy and 8 certificates. It emerged as:

  1. The best Co-operative Movement and/or Sacco Stand
  2. The best Farm and Dairy exhibitor; milled rice category
  3. The second best Farm and Dairy exhibitor; unmasked rice category
  4. The second best Agro-Processing Stand
  5. The second best stand Exhibiting Agricultural and/or Earth Moving Equipment
  6. The second best Seed producing and Marketing Stand
  7. The third best Stand that best Interprets the Current Show Theme
  8. The third best stand that promotes National Cohesion and Integration Development.

This year, NIA was honoured by the presence of NIA’s Board of Directors Chairman; Hon. Eng. Joshua N. Toro who received the trophy awarded. He congratulated the staff for working together and urged them to take note of the areas in which they had not performed satisfactorily. This way, NIA would perform better in the upcoming Mombasa International Show and Nairobi International Trade Fair to be held in September 4, 2019 to September 8, 2019 and September 30, 2019 to October 6, 2019 respectively.

NIA invites you to the upcoming ASK shows in order for you to learn of the various innovations and technologies that can help make work easier, more rewarding and are affordable and cost-saving.

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 Authority 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 Authority 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.

 

 

 
 

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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