Thiba dam to increase acreage under rice at Mwea

The government will spend 400 million shillings to compensate the last bunch of farmers affected by the construction of the 19 billion shillings Thiba Dam in Kirinyaga County.

Irrigation Principal Secretary Prof Fred Segor says the construction of the dam is on course.

The Dam commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2017, is expected to help double rice production from the current 80,000 to 160,000 tonnes a year.

Kenya faces an annual rice deficit of 400,000 metric tonnes of the national consumption requirements.

The additional acreage under irrigation is expected to reduce the gap.

Irrigation PS Prof Fred Segor says the government has set aside 400 million shillings to go towards compensation of the last bunch of farmers in the affected area.

The dam is expected to have a water holding capacity of 15 million cubic meters, and will provide adequate water for two seasons in a year instead of the current one.

It is also expected to double farmer’s earnings from rice production.

Area residents were urged to support the project which is due for completion in 2019.

  

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