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Remarks by chairman Council of Governors, H.E Peter Munya during the signing of agreement between ministry of agriculture and counties, 12th April, 2017

New PressI am pleased to address you here today as we sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Council of Governors on the implementation modalities of the Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP). 

1. This is a momentous occasion for the Nation as we look forward to embracing Climate resilient agriculture, which is commercially oriented and bolsters food security.

2. It is worth noting that over the last 50 years, Kenya has suffered chronic food insecurity due to a conglomeration of factors including prolonged drought spells, unreliable rainfall patterns and skyrocketing prices of food commodities.

3. With the advent of devolution, the County Governments have harnessed sector opportunities to build a robust agricultural sector that has improved nutrition and access to clean water, private sector investment and resilience of small scale farmers. In order to enhance water access and sustainable natural resources management, County Governments have been keen to increase land acreage under irrigation.

4. This has been made possible through initiatives such as development of small scale irrigation schemes, development and rehabilitation of irrigation canals and purchase of irrigation kits.

5. We are grateful for the support accorded to the Counties by the Ministry of Agriculture and our development partners, in their efforts to enhance the Country`s food security.
6. We reaffirm our commitment towards achieving the success of this noble initiative and particularly thank the African Development Bank for their financial support towards this project.

7. The County Governments will fully cooperate in the implementation of the project by providing the necessary s and overseeing the implementation of the project.

8. The Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP) is co-financed by the Government of Kenya and African Development Bank to a tune of Kshs. 8.833B and is expected to run for six years.

9. The project targets 10,400 households in 11 beneficiary counties namely; Meru, Murang’a, Kajiado, Bomet, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Tana River and Tharaka Nithi Counties. The broad objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction by enhancing agricultural productivity, income and food security among the beneficiary counties.

10. The project has four main components which include; enhanced irrigation infrastructure and water resource development, improved access to markets and strengthening value chains, institutional strengthening and capacity development and project coordination and management.

11. The overarching project goals will be achieved through activities such as development and rehabilitation of irrigation schemes and rural infrastructure, soil and water conservation, value addition and marketing of agriculture products. This will lead to strengthened value chains, improved access to markets, increased water access, enhanced capacity of the Counties increased production and reduced post-harvest losses, thus contributing to the overall food security.
The Council reaffirms its commitment and willingness to cooperate in the project implementation which will go a long way in having a unified and comprehensive direction towards commercially oriented value – chain focused agricultural development in the country.

H. E. PETER MUNYA
CHAIRMAN, COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS

 

Annex 1: key investments for the small irrigation and value addition project

County Scheme  Acreage (Ha)

Estimated

Investment 

(Cost tables)

(Kshs)

Murang’a

 

Rubiru 308

      

345,268,000 

Gikindu 340

      

203,660,000 

Tharaka

Nithi

 

 

Makanyaga 206

      

230,926,000 

Ruungu 200

      

224,200,000 

Kirumi Kiamunjari 226

      

253,346,000 

Bomet Kaboson 250

      

280,250,000 

Makueni

 

Utangwa 90

        

53,910,000 

Kyee Mwee 42

        

25,158,000 

Nyandarua Kagongo Wendani 166

      

186,086,000 

Kajiado Oleshonko Oleshuru 577

      

345,623,000 

Nyeri Ndiriti 225

      

134,775,000 

Meru Buuri 275

      

308,275,000 

County Activity Target No

Estimated

Investment 

(Cost tables)

(Kshs)

Tana River

 

Development of micro-irrigation schemes (5 Ha) & Micro dams, water pans with animal water trough and 2Ha drip irrigation system 15

96,675,000

 

Kitui

 

Development of micro-irrigation schemes (5 Ha) & Micro dams, water pans with animal water trough and 2Ha drip irrigation system 15

96,675,000

 

Machakos

 

Development of micro-irrigation schemes (5 Ha) & Micro dams, water pans with animal water trough and 2Ha drip irrigation system 15

96,675,000

 

Makueni Development of micro-irrigation schemes (5 Ha) & Micro dams, water pans with animal water trough and 2Ha drip irrigation system 15

96,675,000

 

Tana River

 

Water harvesting and storage  infrastructure 20 19,400,000

Kitui

 

Water harvesting and storage  infrastructure 20 19,400,000

Machakos

 

Water harvesting and storage  infrastructure 20 19,400,000
Makueni Water harvesting and storage  infrastructure 20 19,400,000
County Activity Target No

Estimated

Investment 

(Cost tables)

(Kshs)

Tana River

 

Erosion Control infrastructure (gabions, CODs ) 75

36,450,000

 

Kitui

 

Erosion Control infrastructure (gabions, CODs ) 75

36,450,000

 

Machakos

 

Erosion Control infrastructure (gabions, CODs ) 75 36,450,000
Makueni Erosion Control infrastructure (gabions, CODs ) 75

36,450,000

 

Tana River

 

Watershed/ catchment area development  3750 Ha 48,750,000

Kitui

 

Watershed/ catchment area development  3750 Ha 48,750,000

Machakos

 

Watershed/ catchment area development  3750 Ha 48,750,000
Makueni Watershed/ catchment area development  3750 Ha 48,750,000

 EID UL FITR

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