Trans Nzoia Dams to Boost Irrigation, Diversify Crops for County Farmers.

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Trans Nzoia County Governor George Natembeya on Thursday commissioned the Amani dam in Chepchoina and Muroki dam in Saboti , aiming to boost irrigation and diversify crops grown by local farmers.

The dams, with a capacity to supply millions of cubic liters of water, will connect farmers to an irrigation system, according to Natembeya. This initiative is part of the county’s crops diversification program, targeting tomatoes and other horticultural crops promoted by the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) program in 20 wards.

“Our farmers have been entirely dependent on maize farming, which we hope this will help them diversify,” Natembeya said. “We expect the contractor to hand over the site in three months’ time.”

The project aims to increase the cultivation of crops that can generate income more frequently, with a target of crops maturing within three months. Governor Natembeya also encouraged the growing of tea, coffee, and tissue culture bananas, stating that the county will assist farmers in finding markets for their produce.

The dams will serve a dual purpose, providing both clean piped water for thousands of residents and irrigation for farms. Governor Natembeya said the project will improve the living standards of many residents who rely on agriculture.

“Farmers like in Amani, Vamia and Njoro farms of Chepchoina ward now have the opportunity to increase their production of tomatoes as their farms will be connected to the irrigation system,” he added.

The dams have also been stocked with fingerlings, with Natembeya indicating that the committee managing the dams will sell mature fish to residents at a low price. This initiative promotes aquaculture in the county and aims to improve residents’ health through fish consumption.

Governor Natembeya was accompanied by Chepchoina Ward representative Peter Chakali, County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development Phanice Khatundi, Agriculture County Officer Sammy Sichangi, his Livestock Development counterpart Patrick Osoro, Chief of Staff Dickson Wamocho, Chepchoina Assistant County Commissioner Henry Kirwa, Endebess Assistant County Commissioner Maurice Karani, Endebess Sub County Administrator Dennis Nyukuri, and other county and national government officials.

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