National Irrigation board to construct 31 dams across the Country

Written By: Benson Rioba

The National Irrigation board is constructing 31 community dams and household water pans across the country at a cost of 450 million shillings in preparation of the long rains.

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The boards say the dams and water pans will assist in putting more land under irrigation in a bid to boost food production.

In a bid to increase agricultural production in the Country the Government targets to put 477,625 acres of land under irrigation as it seeks to move away from rain feed agriculture.

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To this end the National Irrigation board has started construction of community and households water pans across the country at a cost of  130 shillings per cubic meter.

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The 31 community earth dams have an average of 100,000 cubic meters each.

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The board has also  constructed an additional 3,000 household water pans in 14 counties across the Country with each having a holding capacity of between 1000 to 3000 cubic metres of water.

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Phase two of the household water pans  will target 20 more Counties  before being rolled out in all Counties apart from Nairobi as the Government targets to construct 125,000 pans by 2022.

The board says it hopes to complete some of the water projects before the long rains.


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