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Lower Nzoia project to be completed by end of this month

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 03:00 | By
Water, Sanitation and Irrigation, Cabinet Secretary Zachariah Njeru. PHOTO/Print

Water, Sanitation and Irrigation, Cabinet Secretary Zachariah Njeru, has assured rice farmers in Bunyala that the lower Nzoia Irrigation Project, would be complete by the end of this month.

Speaking to farmers at the Bunyala Irrigation Scheme, Njeru said that the project has been delayed because of compensation challenges.

“You have been patient for a long time, since the inception of this project, but we have agreed as a Ministry, that we complete the resettlement Action Plan, before moving to the next Phase,” he said, assuring the farmers that the long-awaited water for irrigation, will flow into their farms by the end of this month.

The CS hailed the farmers for embracing technology and use of fertiliser to improve their yields through the guidance of Agricultural Extension officers.

“As a government, we will continue to support you so that the problem of food security is addressed,” he said, adding that it is shameful for the country to continue importing food yet the area has great potential for production with hardworking farmers.

Government support

Njeru urged the farmers to utilise irrigation water provided to them in phase one to increase their yields, so that they can attract government support for phase two of the Lower Nzoia Irrigation project.

He at the same time advised farmers to engage in value addition instead of selling the raw produce to attract more profit.

The CS further promised that the National government will work closely with the County government to ensure that the necessary mechanisation machinery and equipment, are available to farmers.

“We have researchers and technical people who can guide us to embrace new technology so that we can reap the maximum yields,’ he said.

Busia governor Dr Paul Otuoma expressed confidence that completion of the Lower Nzoia Irrigation Project, will enable Bunyala Irrigation Scheme, to step up production and contribute to food security.

“The government is using a lot of money to benefit Thailand, China and India at the expense of the local farmers,” he regretted, adding that the Irrigation Scheme can create employment opportunities for the residents.

                                        

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