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County in Partnership with World Bank to develop irrigation project

The  County  Government  of  Uasin Gishu  in partnership with  the World Bank  has developed a multi-million Usalama – Chemusian Irrigation Project  in Ainabkoi  Sub–County.

The  global lender’s Kenya Climate Smart  Agriculture Project (KCSAP) seeks to put hundreds of acres of land under commercial  irrigation of irish potato seeds.

Speaking   when  he  hosted officials from the global lender, Ministry of Agriculture and other stakeholders, in his office  on  Monday, Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago said the project will be a major boost to Kenya’s dream of  food security.

In  addition  to  fueling  efforts for attainment of food security, Mandago  said  the  project  will also go an extra mile in  solving  the issue of land fragmentation, which he says poses a big challenge to food stability.

“This  project  has been designed that homes will be centralised and farming lands to be irrigated stretching uninterrupted,” said Mandago, adding that about 2000 households will benefit from the Sh. 600million project.

The governor at the same time threw his support to the national government’s affordable housing agenda, which he says  will  also assist in planning of homes and thereby reducing land fragmentation.

“This  means  homes  will  be  built  in  the urban area while rural areas will be reserved for agricultural activities. It  is  saddening  that  arable lands in villages are fast reducing in size, a factor that should worry our efforts to attaining food  security,” he says.

Speaking   after   visiting several dams sunk by the county government in Kaprobu, Usalama, and Lelkote,  Vinay Kimar, the  project team leader, said the county government had shown commitment to economically transform livelihoods of its people through development of dams.

“After  visits  to  the dams, I  have  seen the commitment that the county has in efforts to better the lives of its people,”  said  Kumar, adding, “The  World  Bank comes with such a project as KCSAP to support in financial actualisation of projects.”

By  Kiptanui  Cherono

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