Kirinyaga County has partnered with the National Irrigation Authority to rehabilitate roads in the Mwea Irrigation Scheme.
The development will target to cover 120 kilometers in one month.
County Chief Officer for Roads, Transport and Public Works, John Makumi, who represented Governor Anne Waiguru said the roads program will ease the farmers’ burden of transporting their produce to the markets.
He said that the County Government has handed over seven 20 ton trucks, two motor graders, two rollers, two excavators and a water bowser to the Authority which will oversee the implementation of the project.
Mwea Irrigation Scheme Manager Innocent Ariemba thanked the County Government for the partnership saying it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Authority is expected to cater for fuel and oversee the work to ensure it is done within the stipulated standards and time.
Tebere MCA Gudson Muchina lauded the partnership and urged the County Government to fund further subsequent phases to cover the remaining roads.
“The project is very helpful to farmers since, as much as NIA has distributed water throughout the scheme and offered enough extension services, the roads within the schemes have remained a major challenge contributing to increased cost of rice production,” He said.
Mwea Water Users Association chairman of Morris Mutugi said the partnership between the County Government and NIA will ensure that the works are spread in all the wards across the scheme.
“This is a new beginning for Mwea rice farmers, transporting one sack of rice has been costing farmers Ksh. 300 but once the roads are improved it will only cost Ksh.100,” He said.
Rehabilitation of roads within the rice scheme is part of a program by the county government to rehabilitate six kilometers of roads per ward per week on a rotational basis.
The program was developed by a multi-sectoral committee formed between the county executive and the county assembly to accelerate development of rural access roads across the county.