Gov’t begins construction of 57 dams


Govt urged to construct dams along River Baragoi

The government has kicked off the construction of 57 dams across the country, in a bid to increase water supply for irrigation.

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Water Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui says the project will help achieve food security which one of the key components of the Big Four Agenda.

Kenya is heavily reliant on rain fed agriculture, but recurrent threat of drought and failed rain often undermine food security.

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In a bid to reverse this trend, the government has embarked  dam construction to boost irrigation.

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While commissioning the 2.2 billion shilling Embu Water Project at Mukangu in Manyatta Constituency, Water CS Chelugui said the move will ensure Kenyans have sufficient water supply.

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The Ministry of Water is in the process of carrying out a feasibility study on various proposed sites for the dams and will commence issuance of  tenders for the construction of the facilities.

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He says the Ministry is working tirelessly to ensure that Itare dam is completed within the stipulated time.

High fall dam will serve residents of Tharaka Nithi and Garissa. During a tour of Embu County, Chelugui said consultations are ongoing with the county government to implement three dam projects.

 

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