The multi-billion shilling Lower Kuja Irrigation Scheme in Kenya’s Migori county is ongoing again after compensation claims stalled the plan. Scheme manager Kennedy Ouma said that for the past four months, infrastructure like roads, water canals and valves were rehabilitated, which opened up the scheme and saw improved planting.
Farmers have so far started to diversify to other trial crops with 100 acres for onions, 50 acres under tomatoes, 2,000 under sugarcane and soya beans expected to take over from empty rice fields.
In August 2020, the Migori county government was allocated block 2.1 of the scheme with over 400 acres for sweet potato farming whose upgrade was expected to cost Sh100 million, an amount yet to be invested. The scheme will boost the Sh117 million sweet potato processing plant sponsored by European Union in Getong’anya centre, Kuria West subcounty.
[ Sh100 = €0.84 ]