KENYA: Homa Bay collects rainwater for irrigation

The need for irrigation water for the people of Homa Bay will certainly decrease in the coming months thanks to a new project. The project includes the construction of four water ponds in this county in western Kenya. Work on the first two facilities was recently started by the Kenyan Ministry of Water, Sewage and Irrigation.

The Gembe (Ponge Village) and Lambwe (Ogando Village) districts in the Suba North constituency will host the first two water ponds. The Kenyan Ministry of Water, Sewage and Irrigation expects the ponds to go into operation in three months. The ponds will provide water for irrigation and cattle watering.

30 million Kenyan shillings in funding

The future ponds will be filled during the rainy season to allow irrigation of the plantations during periods of severe drought. Currently, people in this district travel long distances to fetch water. The first two ponds will cost 30 million Kenyan shillings, about $ 273,000.

In 14 days, the Kenyan Ministry of Water, Sewage and Irrigation will start work on the other two water ponds in Homa Bay County. The facilities will be located in the localities of Tinga and Kokech. “In total, the irrigation project will benefit almost 1,000 households in more than five villages in Homa Bay County,” says Teresa Wenwa, managing director of the central municipality of Gembe. Details, including the cost and duration of the third and fourth ponds, will be announced as the project progresses.

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Ines Magoum

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