Govt to construct Ksh 26 Billion dam boost food production

Written By: Graham Kirwa

The state department of Irrigation will in the next one year construct a 267 cubic meter dam along the seasonal Perkerra River to boost food production.

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Irrigation Principal Secretary Prof. Fred Sigor says the facility will cost the tax payer Ksh 26 Billion.

Speaking during the tour of the seventh largest irrigation utility, Prof Sigor said the construction of the multipurpose Radat dam will take 36 months to be constructed and upon completion the farmers will be able to cultivate high value crops on contractual basis as a pathway to improved livelihoods.

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He also pointed out that with the dam the under exploited irrigation scheme will be able to produce two crops annually enabling farmers  in the agro pastoralist area to produce enough food for domestic use and surplus for local and global markets.

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At the same time the large scale water storage facility is borne out of the country`s Medium Term Plan 2018-2022 and seeks to accelerate the quest for sustainable food sufficiency by the year 2022.

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Farmers in the area are calling for expanded contractual farming through public private partnerships saying the model of farming gives farmers the pride of place and returns on investment unlike conventional farming that is not immune to a range of market changes that often hurt production.

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The farmers are pushing for the government to give subsidies on assorted farm inputs to enable them  minimize on the cost of production per acre.


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