By Ruth Mutegi
The second crop at the Galana Irrigation Scheme’s 500-acre model farm will be harvested within the next two weeks.
Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa however says the harvest may not be as good as that realized from the first one due to some challenges with irrigation water.
A visit by Channel 1xto the farm indicates that the second crop from the farm is going to be harvested in the next two weeks.
The government plans to put the entire 10,000-acre model farm under crop by September this year.
Galana which is Kenya’s largest Irrigation Scheme produced the first harvest September 2015.
In the first harvest on the 500-acre model farm, 770 tons of maize was realized, that is 8,324 90kg bags, with a production cost of 33,000 shillings per acre and 846 shillings per bag.
The government is optimistic that the yields will be better going forward, having selected the top 6 best varieties after an initial trial of thirteen seed varieties.
While in the initial plan the government had considered setting up mills in the scheme where only the Unga product would be transported from the scheme, this has been modified and the government will no longer be putting up a mill at the 10,000 acres model farm.
The government has also settled for a phased implementation of the project in the first 10,000-acre model farm where the entire 10,000 acres model farm is expected to be cropped by September this year.