Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Mwangi Kiunjuri, says the ministry will work with County Governments to restore most dams and water reservoirs before the onset of the delayed long rains.
Speaking in Nyandarua when he commissioned the Kwa Museveni and Gwa Kungu dams in Ol-Joro Orok and Ndaragwa Constituencies, Kiunjuri urged county governments to form Water Users Associations terming them an important cog in the actualization of the initiative.
Kiunjuri further urged residents to stop focusing on rain-fed agriculture and embrace irrigation which he said was reliable.
Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia on his part commended the National government for such initiatives saying his administration was ready to partner in the rehabilitation of 220 dams and 79 water pans spread across the county.
Kimemia also urged the Cabinet Secretary to fast-track the gazettement of the potato-packaging regulations to shield farmers from being exploited by unscrupulous middlemen.
Meanwhile, the government will crack down on farmers who have been using river water to irrigate their farms in Kipipiri Sub-county without authority from the Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA).
Nyandarua County Commissioner, Boaz Cherutich, has directed water inspectors from WARMA to move in fast and arrest the unfortunate situation in Kinungu river in the Aberdare ranges.
Cherutich said the illegal diversion of water from the river could spell doom to the 24 million shillings government funded project downstream and would therefore not be tolerated.
Cherutich issued the warning today when he led a team of the Nyandarua County Development Implementation and Coordination Committee members on an inspection tour of development projects in Kipipiri Sub County.
The gravity sprinkler irrigation project which was commissioned two years ago has benefitted about 120 families who cultivate and sell horticultural products through irrigation.