The National Irrigation Authority (NIA) has received Ksh3 billion boost from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to rehabilitate the Ahero Irrigation Scheme in Kisumu county.
The revelation was made when the JICA technical team paid a courtesy call to Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o in his office.
Led by Hayashi Kenji, the delegation said the gesture was part of an envisaged cooperation agreement with the county government.
“Through the support, dilapidated irrigation infrastructure is set to be replaced with technical support given to farmers to scale up rice production,” Kenji said.
Governor Nyong’o said Ahero and West Kano irrigation schemes have a lot of potential in rice production which has been hampered by inadequate resources.
“With proper infrastructure in place, NIA in collaboration with the County Government of Kisumu plans to expand land under irrigation in the area to boost rice production,” he said, noting further that the planned renovation works and mechanization of the scheme will make it more vibrant and productive.
By Fredrick Odiero
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