Government to construct 450 water pans in Baringo County



The national government plans to construct 450 water pans in Baringo County to support small scale irrigation to boost food productivity.

Irrigation Principal Secretary Prof. Fred Segor says the water pans are part of government efforts to fast track irrigation projects in arid and semi arid areas.

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The water pans, that are set to be constructed in Mogotio, Eldama Ravine and Baringo North constituencies in Baringo County aim at boosting food production in the area, which is among food insecure regions.

Prof. Segor says more than 200 households would benefit from the pilot programme.

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The Irrigation PS said the National Irrigation Board is also rehabilitating irrigation schemes with an aim of to expanding acreage put under food and cash crops to address food security.

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Among those targeted for rehabilitation is Perkerra Irrigation Scheme that has been facing water shortage occasioned by illegal activities on the upstream parts of Perkerra River.

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Farmers were urged to tap and utilize rain water going downstream to enhance food security in the region as well as prevent soil erosion.


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