The National Irrigation Board has commissioned a Sh65 million irrigation project in Thika.
The project that took off last year in Komo area was completed this month and will ensure ample irrigation water supply for 200 acres in Thika East and will serve 192 farmers.
Phase one of the project was funded by the government through the National Irrigation Board and a Sh1 million contribution from the Thika Constituency Development Fund. The irrigation water is being sourced from Ndirangu River.
Speaking while commissioning the project, Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a said the project is part of the one million acres irrigation initiative stated in the Jubilee coalition manifesto. “This is a clear indication that the Jubilee government is implementing its manifesto and an assurance that food security is being addressed and maintained not only in Thika but in the whole country,” Ng’ang’a said. She noted that Komo is a semi arid area that receives minimal amount of rainfall as it falls on the leeward side of Kilimambogo. She said the project will enable farmers in the region to boost their yields which will ensure food security and improve the region’s economy.
“This water has cut off the production cost that was earlier incurred by farmers as they used to pump water using petrol generators. We now expect high economic growth in this region,” she said.
Eng Gideon Maithya, NIB officer in charge of the project, said the board is offering training to farmers in the region on crop and livestock production so that they can make maximum use of the initiative.
“Agriculture is and will always be the backbone of our country’s economy and the government is working tirelessly to ensure that the country has enough food for all Kenyans. Irrigation projects that are being established by the government are putting an end to relief food as Kenyans will be empowered economically,” Maithya said.
He called on Kiambu county agricultural extension officers to train more farmers on best farming practices.
“Most farmers require technical expertise to boost their farming and therefore it’s the extension officers’ mandate to ensure that all farmers access their services,” he said.