20 February 2013

Kenya: Farmers Linked to Sh4 Billion Project Delay

Resistance from farmers in Rachuonyo north district, Homa Bay County, may delay the completion of a multi-billion Kimira Oluch Smallholder Farm Improvement Project.

The project has been co-funded by the African Development Bank and Kenya government to the tune of Sh4 billion.

The project manager, Nelson Koror, said some farmers have blocked construction of drainage systems in farms demanding compensation.

Korir said only those farmers who are directly affected will be compensated.

"Farmers whose houses were damaged to allow for the implementation of the project were to be compensated and we have done so," said the manager.

He said construction of the drainage system will benefit farmers who will easily access water in farms for irrigation.

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