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Government revives Community Irrigation Scheme

The  government  has  moved  in  to revive  the stalled Lower Kithegi irrigation scheme meant to ensure food security  in  parts  of  Embu West sub-county.

A  team  from the Embu County Development Implementation and Co-ordination Committee found that a new contractor  sourced by  the National Irrigation Board has already moved to site and started work on the intake at River  Ena.

The  project was started in 2015 by stalled four months later when the contractor went bankrupt.

Eng. Wycliffe  Onyango of  Mutahi Engineering Contractors said they expected to complete the work in four months especially  now that the rains had subsided.

The  project  is  expected  to  provide 150  families  with an all year livelihood as they are expected to grow crops for the  market.

Meanwhile, the National Irrigation Board is looking for shs.54 million to connect the remaining 500 members of the Ruunga Irrigation Scheme in Embu North  to  water.

The  NIB Eastern Regional Manager, John  Wairagu said the 22-year old scheme has managed to connect half of the 1000 members of the scheme and hopes to connect the remainder as soon as the money is found.

By  Steve  Gatheru

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