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Small scale irrigation and value addition project.(SIVAP)

SIVAPThe Council of Governors has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries on the implementation modalities of the Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP).

In attendance was H.E Peter Munya Chairman Council of Governors and the governor Meru County, the Principal Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Richard Leresian Lesiyampe, Prof. Kivutha Kibwana Governor Makueni County, County Executive Committee Members of agriculture and the press among others.
The African Development Bank and the Government of Kenya will co-finance the project at a cost of 8.833 Billion and will benefit a target 10, 400 beneficiaries. The project aims at improving livelihood of Kenyans and ensure food security by promoting competitive, commercially oriented, crop, livestock and fisheries development through creation of enabling environment, and ensuring sustainable natural resource management.
The project will also involve development and rehabilitation of irrigation schemes, soil and water conservation structures, water harvesting and storage facilities, catchment development of rural roads, development of grading shades and storage facilities, value addition and marketing of agriculture products. The project will be implemented in eleven counties namely; Meru, Murang’a, Kajiado, Bomet, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Tana River and Tharaka Nithi.
“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’’ said Chairman Council of Governors.

The Principal Secretary, Agriculture termed the idea as a noble one since it will ensure food security, reduce poverty and enhance agricultural productivity in the beneficiary counties and the country at large.

County Governments have shown willingness in implementing the project which is set to revamp the agricultural sector to be commercially oriented and increase agricultural production in the beneficiary counties. In the end, this will help curb prolonged drought spells, unreliable rainfall patterns and fluctuating prices of food commodities.

 

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