The government has earmarked 2 billion shillings for construction of 120 water pans across the country that will store rain water to be used for irrigation.
Irrigation PS Prof. Fred Segor says each water pan will have a capacity of at least 20,000 cubic metres that can be used to irrigate 100 hectares of land.
Speaking while inspecting one of the dams in Kaptumo, Baringo central irrigation Principal Secretary Prof Fred Segor said unlike relying on rain fed agriculture, rain water from pans can be used to irrigate at least 100 hectares of land to ensure residents get food throughout the year with the surplus being sold.
The PS cited that the water will not only be used for irrigation but also for communities to water their animals and for domestic needs thus improving livelihood.
The ministry of Agriculture has started construction of water pans to encourage household irrigated agriculture and so far the ministry has constructed over 100 household pans across the country.
The youth have been called upon to embrace agriculture which is as well paying as white collar jobs.