7,500 acres under rice destroyed


National Irrigation Authority has lost 7,500 acres under rice with an estimation of Sh. 400 million loss to agricultural infrastructure in Kisumu County following flooding.

Western Regional schemes manager Joel Tanui says flooding occasioned by River Nyando bursting its banks left a trail of destruction on Tuesday.

Tanui says the schemes in Siso, Ahero and West Kano were destroyed by the raging floods that also left hundreds of families without accommodation.

He says rice farmers are counting losses amounting to Sh. 800 million after rice, which were nearing maturity and those planted recently were washed away downstream.

Speaking to the press after touring the affected farms, Tanui says the Authority also lost critical irrigation infrastructures.

He says water canals and access roads were all destroyed in the sub counties of Muhoroni and Nyando.

The manager says the Authority has embarked on opening up the canals after the flood subsides as he promised support to the affected farmers.

He announced that they will be giving out clean drinking water, medicine and food stuff to the affected families.

Tanui says the Authority will have to pump in Sh. 200 million to the sector to be able to return farmers back to production.