Farmers hail National Irrigation Authority Western Region for support

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Masune rice farmers next to Nyaidho river

Rice farmers in Masune rice scheme in Nyando Sub County have hailed the support from Ahero Irrigation Board.

The scheme chairman Enoch Odemba says Ahero Irrigation Board has helped farmers in working on water ways into the farms.

Odemba says farmers were facing a number if challenges in the past which the Board has strived to resolved.

He says the Board gave them a promise that in the next season they will be issued with letters to get subsidized fertilizers from Kisumu depot.

“A team from the Board came; they took photos after listening to the officials of the farmers. They promised to send tractors on the ground,” he said.

Odemba says such initiatives will boost the production of farmers.

Speaking during the re-direction of water from Nyaidho river into the farms following the dredging that was done by the office of the area MP, Odemba says the will work closely with the Board for the betterment of the rice farmers in the area.

He further announced that plans are underway to work on the water canals in the area by the Board.

“This ought to have been done was it not for the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut a number of activities in the country,” he said.

Odemba assured rice farmers in Masune to work closely with the Board since there is potential in the area.

Late last year, National Irrigation Board General Manager Gitonga Mugambi, who served as acting CEO in the company of West Kenya irrigations schemes manager Joel Tanui visited rice farmers in Boya area and promised to work loosely with farmers to boost production.

Mugambi said the plan was to expand Ahero Irrigation Board to bring on board more rice farmers.

“As you are aware, Ahero Irrigation Scheme started about sixty years ago and as at now we are at 3,000 acres, it has not progressed due to a number of challenges,” he said.

Tanui on the other hand says to address security in the area, there is need for expansion in terms of production of rice.

He says there will be double production since most schemes in the area have been doing one season per year.

“We want to now maximize the time between January and June to ensure farmers do another rice crop,” he stated.