LOWER KUJA IRRIGATION SCHEME IMPROVING LIVES ESPECIALLY NOW THAT GOLDMINE SITES ARE BANNED AND NO NIGHT FISHING IN THE LAKE BECAUSE OF THE CURFEW.

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Lower Kuja Irrigation scheme has taken a wider step in improving livelihood in Nyatike, Migori county besides banned mining and cross border activities.
The semi arid land in the subcounty is today productive and has really boosted the level of agriculture in the less endowed areas.
According to residents, the Lower Kuja Irrigation scheme has turned the long time vast useless land to useful through reclamation thus environmental hazards like floods are controlled and the land is able to be farmed on.
Edwin Ochieng, farmer said the area that was always prone to flooding now grows rice under controlled watering of farms and the irrigation schemes therefore helps them in making rice and maize in large quantity.
Mary Atieno said their standards of living are improved since larger population is well fed.
They said women can sell some of their products and generate income for their uses without constantly as kind for funds from husbands and politicians.
According to Lower Kuja Irrigation Scheme manager Engineer Nesline Ogwe, setting up of irrigation has created employment.
She said most of the activities in the scheme are labour intensive thus workers are needed for planting, weeding, irrigation and harvesting hence the people available get a place to earn their daily livelihood instead of handouts from politicians.
Engineer Ogwe said plans are underway to expand the activity so that the problems of unemployment are curbed to some degree.
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