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Mwea irrigation acreage to be increased

25 April 2014, 18:05 Joseph Njung’eh

Kirinyaga - The county government of Kirinyaga is targeting to increase the acreage of the Mwea Irrigation Scheme to 10,000 Hectares.

According to deputy governor Julius Njiiri the scheme would be increased after the completion of Rukenya dam which is currently under construction.

He said rice production would be high labour intensive due to the immense operations required within this season.

Mwea irrigation scheme is managed by National Irrigation Board (NIB) and has a gazetted area of 30,350 acres which are subdivided and used for settlement, public utilities, subsistence and horticultural crops farming.

“Production has to be timely to avoid the adverse weather (cold season) which results to increased pests and diseases incidences,” said Njiiri while inspecting new rice farming machines at MIAD company.

He said that planters, weeders, wrippers and combine harvesters will just compliment the workers who derives their livelihood from daily rice operations.

With use of the machines, Njiiri said the residents would have ample time to carry out other alternative farming enterprises, small scale businesses and other farming operations that arises out of technology advancement.

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