Bura Irrigation scheme to boost coconut, cashew nut production



About 80 acres from the Bura Irrigation Scheme has been put under coconut and cashew nuts seedlings production in a bid to boost the production of the two cash crops as well as increase the forest cover in the coastal region.

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Bura Irrigation Scheme Manager Felix Shiundu says the 50 million shillings project will offer area residents an alternative source of livelihood.

In a bid to increase the country’s forest cover, the government has started developing coconut and cashew nuts seedlings at the Bura Irrigation Scheme.

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The project will see over 50,000 farmers in Tana River, Lamu and Malindi receive free seedling in the next 3 months.

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Shiundu says trials for the cashew nuts have been successful in Tana River and plans are underway to test the seedlings in other counties.

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He says the two cash crops will increase farmers earnings as plans are underway to secure markets for the cashew nuts and coconuts.




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