Trans Nzoia County Fights Malnutrition and Boosts Food Production with Dam Restocking and Irrigation Initiatives.

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In an effort to combat malnutrition and boost food production, Trans Nzoia County Governor George Natembeya today launched the restocking of Amani and Muroki dams

Despite being Kenya’s breadbasket, the county struggles with malnutrition, particularly among children. Governor Natembeya highlighted that the mature fish will provide residents with a local, affordable source of protein.

“The fish will also benefit elderly residents suffering from lifestyle diseases requiring white meat for management,” he added.

The dam restocking initiative aligns with Governor Natembeya’s manifesto and targets poverty reduction through irrigation. The dams’ primary purpose is irrigation during dry seasons, enabling cultivation of high-yielding, nutritious crops like vegetables and greens.

“The water can be used for irrigation of vegetables and other crops, ensuring financial security for our people,” he said.

The second phase of the National Agricultural and Rural Development Program (NARIGP) will see the county invest in installing high-placement water tanks to facilitate irrigation activities.

“This will significantly reduce irrigation costs for farmers by utilizing gravity-fed systems instead of generators,” explained Governor Natembeya. “This cost-effective approach will encourage more farmers to adopt irrigation practices.”

Phanice Naliaka Khatundi, Trans Nzoia County’s CEC Member for Agriculture, echoed the Governor’s sentiments. Since Amani Dam’s establishment, over 37 farmers have begun utilizing irrigation, cultivating over 15 acres of land and generating a net production value of over 17 million shillings from tomatoes, cabbages, and kales.

“This project is instrumental in our fight against malnutrition and poverty within our communities,” said Sammy Sichangi, Chief Officer for Agriculture and Irrigation. “We are ensuring food security by transitioning from rain-fed agriculture to irrigation-based production, contributing to feeding the nation’s growing population.”

The project promises to improve the nutritional well-being of Trans Nzoia residents while promoting self-sufficiency and economic prosperity through sustainable agricultural practices.

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