Over 2,000 smallholder residents of Gatundia in Laikipia West are set to benefit from a 2.5 million shillings water project aimed at scaling up horticultural production.
The Muda Water Project is expected to ease over reliance on rain fed agriculture where water will be tapped and piped from Ngare Narok River to households and farms spread across the region.
The project will be jointly funded by the Laikipia county and the ministry of Agriculture in the national government at an initial cost of shillings 2.5 million.
The project has received a shot in the arm after experts confirmed its sustainability on account of fertile soils and steady flow of Ngare Narok River.
The water project will enable farmers in the region who had only one planting season grow their crops after every four months.
The Laikipia County Government will do the intake while the ministry of agriculture will facilitate the piping to residents’ homes.
Among the villages that will benefit include Melwa, Karaba, Ndurumo and Gatundia.
Farmers have welcomed the project saying it will enhance food security and create job opportunities for the youth.