Rice farmers in Garissa have reason to smile after the County government launched a Sh20 million canal rehabilitation project.
The project, under Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural programme, is expected to increase food productivity and improve nutrition among area residents.
While presiding over the launch, County deputy secretary Roble Muhumed said that the project would serve 21 farms in Jarajara and Balambala wards and benefit over 15,000 residents.
Roble said the project, which is part of the national government’s Big Four agenda and Governor Ali Korane’s manifesto, will have a big impact in improving the livelihoods among the local community.
The project scope entails canal excavation works at Debi intake, protection work with galvanized pipes, fencing of a 400m stretch from the intake, dyke construction at Omar Dalab Lake with gabions at spillway, inlets, and rehabilitation of Kulan and Farm B schemes.
Roble assured the local community that the project will be complete within its intended time frame of six months.
The Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural programme coordinator Bashir Muhumed called on the local community to support the project.
Muhumed regretted that Jarajara and Balambala farmers known for the production of rice had to abandon the project because of water shortage caused by the shifting of the river course away from their farms. Community elders, youth, women representatives and area chiefs who spoke thanked the county government for the initiative and promised to fully support it.