The State has pumped over sh128 Million in Embu for three irrigation projects as part of the big four agenda of ensuring country’s food security.
Chief Administrative Secretary in charge of water Dr. Andrew Tuimur said the Kiruki Kiende, Kiaga and Ena water projects which are in Embu West and Embu East Sub Counties respectively and covering 773 acres will benefit 906 farmers.
He said since 2013, the government through the water ministry has invested over sh3 billion in Embu County for 17 water and irrigation projects of which 9 are complete while 8 are in progress.
Speaking during an inspection tour of the projects in Embu he said the three projects are part of the sh1.27 billion set aside by government for irrigation projects in four counties; Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Meru and Kirinyaga through the Smallholders Irrigation Program Mount Kenya Region (SIPMK).
Chief Administrative Secretary in charge of water Dr. Andrew Tuimur speaking in Embu
Dr. Tuimur said the SIPMK program which started in 2005 has been funded by the German Technical Cooperation amounting to sh1.27 billion.
The CAS said the program has so far seen completion of 19 water projects in the four counties benefiting about 6, 088 farmers and covers about 5, 400 acreage of land.
Dr. Tuimur further said the projects are implemented on a cost sharing basis where the farmers contribute 50 percent of the construction cost through loans from partner banks and the other 50 percent being grant from the government, also payable through the partner banks.
He added farmers are expected to raise 10 percent upfront.
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