Government has identified two irrigation projects, Mwea and Bura to receive funding in a bid to boost food security in Kenya. The schemes, which have been in operation since time in memorial have progressed slowly due to challenges such as credit facilities, infrastructure, and inadequate storage facilities for farmers produce. The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has also assured farmers on plans to engage officials in Egypt and Sudan on how they have used irrigation to boost food security.

Government has identified two irrigation projects, Mwea and Bura to receive funding in a bid to boost food security in Kenya. The schemes, which have been in operation since time in memorial have progressed slowly due to challenges such as credit facilities, infrastructure, and inadequate storage facilities for farmers produce. The Ministry of Water and Irrigation has also assured farmers on plans to engage officials in Egypt and Sudan on how they have used irrigation to boost food security.

From a ministerial statement, this will be achieved through mechanized irrigation until full results are realized. Kenya has over 200 expanded irrigation schemes that target low income earners who are offered monetary and technical support as one way of uplifting their lives.

In 2011, National Irrigation Board unveiled the Expanded Irrigation Programme (EIP) to accelerate irrigation expansion and development. The programme has progressed well with a total of one hundred and twenty one (120) projects established, targeting to increase area under irrigation by 636,912acres. The projects which are at different stages of implementation are broadly classified as expanded irrigation programme funded by GoK and Donor funded programs.

Meanwhile, plans are underway to put 10,000 acres under irrigation by December through the Galana irrigation scheme alone. The flagship project saw its first 500 acres harvested last year, with a production of about 20,000 (90kg) bags and 13 maize varieties being tested. In 2016, the second harvest of another 500 acres of maize of six high-yielding varieties was done

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