The County irrigation directorate will leverage on its technical expertise as well as indigenous knowledge while surveying and developing designs for the proposed Irrigation and Land Reclamation projects, County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun has said.
He noted that collaborating traditional information would boost modern technological designs and ensure establishment of climate proofed Irrigation and Land Reclamation farm infrastructure that will ensure sustainable water access to the cropping area hence improved and nutrition security.
CEC Aemun was speaking today when he toured Naurien Puu surface irrigation scheme to witness the ongoing survey and designing of the 138 Hectares scheme, being undertaken by engineers and officers from directorate of Irrigation and Land Reclamation.
Once rehabilitated and improved, the scheme will directly benefit 568 farmer households from Nauren Puu and Nakesio villages in Turkwel ward, Loima Sub County.
The irrigation directorate is also undertaking surveys on flood protection works at the 180Ha Naremit Irrigation scheme, Tudukae drip irrigation and plans construct an in-situ rain water harvesting structures at Urum, all in Loima Sub-County.
He stated that the County Government is currently doing survey and design for 20 irrigation and Land Reclamation projects and that, an additional 613 hectares will be put under irrigation while 380ha will be reclaimed for rain fed agriculture in a month long process that started last week.
CEC Aemun called on the community to support implementation of the Government investment projects adding that the department will reclaim more land for crop production to benefit more residents with a focus on surplus production of food.
He advised farmers to ready themselves for diversification of livelihoods saying that the changing climatic conditions called for adaptation into different environments that accommodates both farming and livestock production.
County Director for Irrigation and Land Reclamation, Chammah Lotome, said that department is doing survey on deferred projects early enough, so that they can be advertised, awarded and completed within the stipulated timelines in this financial year.
In Turkana South Sub-County, the Irrigation and Land Reclamation department has earmarked construction of a 20Ha in-situ rain water harvesting and management (RWHM) structure in Kalapata,establishment of a 5Ha each drip irrigation at Lokwaliwa and Naakot in Katilu ward and Lobokat ward respectively.
An ex-situ structure will be constructed in Kalemungorok and flood protection works for Koputiro surface Irrigation scheme will also be undertaken.
Lining of Canal in Elelea, construction of 40Ha ex-situ RWHM structure in Napeitom and proposed 5Ha drip irrigation scheme at Kapedo is set for Turkana East.
Establishment of 80Ha drip irrigation schemes in Kanamkemer and Kangatotha together with flood protection works on the 130Ha Nangitony irrigation scheme has been budgeted for Turkana Central Sub-County.
The County Government will establish 40Ha of spate irrigation in Nawountos, a drip irrigation scheme at Lokirieriet in Lokichoggio, an in-situ water harvesting structure in Nanam and repair the 40Ha Lomidat spate irrigation farm in Turkana West.
Construction of ex-situ water and harvesting structure will be done in Kibish while residents of Nakinomet in Kaaleng/Kaikor ward will benefit from construction of 40Ha spate irrigation project in this financial year.