Wajir and Mandera County residents who are predominantly pastoralists are now embracing horticulture following the installation of Irrigation projects in the region.
Residents of the two counties have embraced irrigation agriculture by utilizing community water pans and sinking boreholes constructed by the National Irrigation Authority to provide water in the semi-arid region.
This is in line with the country’s Big 4 Agenda on food security and Nutrition.
Mansa Irrigation Project in Tarbaj is one of the 20 irrigation projects in Wajir County implemented by the National Irrigation Authority.
About 700 acres of land has been put under irrigation in the county, benefiting about 700 farmers directly.
In Mandera County, 22 Irrigation projects covering about 1,240 acres of land has been initiated, benefitting about 1,240 farmers directly.
Lehele Irrigation project in Kotulo Sub County is one of the projects that has seen farmers embrace fruit and vegetable farming.
Among the crops grown in the projects are mangoes, bananas, pawpaw, oranges, kales, tomatoes, and capsicum among others.