Background Information

The Ahero Irrigation Scheme is located In the Kano plains between Nandi Escarpment and Nyabondo Plateau.  The scheme was started as a pilot project to explore the feasibility of irrigation in the Kano Plains.  Construction of the scheme started in 1966 and operations started in 1969.


Statistical Data


Kisumu County, Muhoroni Sub-county


Year of establishment



Gazetted area

4,176 acres


Area under Irrigation

2,586.5 acres


Source of irrigation water

River Nyando


No. of households/farmers

570 farm holders, 2000 farmers and 20,000 dependents


Type of Irrigation

Basin Irrigation


Main crop

Rice of  varieties are 90% Sindano   (IR-2793 & ITA 310), 5% aromatic. (Basmat-370) and 5% hybrid (Arize Tej Gold & Arize 6444 Gold).


Other crop

Soybeans (seed) – contracted by SeedCo ltd-Kitale.

Soybeans (commercial) – contracted by Josiche Co. ltd- Nakuru.

Watermelon, Maize, Tomatoes, Sorghum and Cowpeas.


Current status:

Main Crop
The scheme is implementing crop 63 in the season 2016/17. 1,535 acres have been opened for cropping; 294acres at booting stage, 277 acres at vegetative stage, 132 acres at transplanting stage, 288 acres are being rotated, and 544 acres are being flooded.

Other crops:

Soybeans, tomatoes, watermelon, maize, cowpeas & sorghum – mature and harvesting.


Projected benefits/ Benefits being realized

Food security, employment creation, wealth creation thereby improving living standards (e.g. Health, Education, Shelter, and general economic growth of the population) and supply of fresh produce (watermelon and tomatoes) to town centres.





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