The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Sh7 Billion Project to Boost Rice Farming in Mwea

Water PS David Stewor has said a Sh7 billion programme ensure that there are three seasons of growing rice in Mwea.

He said the expanded irrigation programme which will be funded by the government will ensure that there will be rice in the fields. Stower said the programme will enable farmers have three seasons of growing rice. He said with project will boost food security in the country.

The PS said Kirinyaga county has the potential to feed the whole country because of its good soils and the availability of water supply. He said that the programme will also change the mode of farming that is from furrow irrigation to piped, drip and sprinkle irrigation. "Kirinyaga county has the potential in having rice three seasons round the calendar for the availability of water. Through the programme we will change the irrigation pattern so that no water will go to waste" said the PS.

The PS pointed out that water management has been a real problem in the area saying that they want to see that the water is going to be managed in the right way. "We have received very many complains on water management and we want to make sure that the issues will be of the past ones the programme starts rolling" added Stewor. HE also said that Kirinyaga will be a tourist attraction with all the geographical features around it.

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