Kenya: Board to Increase Land Under Irrigation in Bunyala

13 August 2020

The National Irrigation Board has begun educating farmers in Bunyala about increasing land under food production.

The board has started building irrigation and drainage structures in areas targeted for rice growing next season.

Some 2,144 acres belonging to 2,052 households are under irrigation but the board wants to increase the land by 200 acres.

"We are also expanding the canal in Mudembi," scheme manager Edwin Manyonge said.

He added that the cropping intensity has been increased from 90 150 per cent by planting rice twice every year and not once as was the case before.

"This has reduced field fallow time and increased production under the same acreage," Mr Manyonge said.

Water is pumped from River Nzoia and flows by gravity to the farms in Muluwa, Nemali, Munaka, Luwamoro, Nanjomi, Buhowa and Siamungu.

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