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Sh40m irrigation project changes many lives

By Kamau Maichuhie
Thika MP Patrick Wainaina (second right) with an arrowroot farmer in Ngoliba in Thika East. The MP revived a stall irrigation project in the area. [Kamau Maichuhie, Standard]

Residents of Thika Town Constituency have been urged to embrace irrigation farming after a stalled project was revived a few months ago.

Area MP Patrick Wainaina said Ndula-Magogoni-Ngoliba Irrigation Scheme will help alleviate perennial hunger.

He said the irrigation project was revived by Jungle Nut Foundation at a cost of Sh40 million, and is already changing lives in Thika East Sub-county.

“I encourage farmers to form clusters that will help them attract funding and more government assistance in terms of training for improved yields and more income,” said Wainaina.

Ndura, Ngoliba and Kilimambogo villages have always been synonymous with drought and hunger, and residents have been depending on relief food from the government for years.

But now some residents are already investing irrigation farming to meet the growing demand for their farm produce.

“This irrigation project is a godsend to us. It is what we have been looking for for decades. We are now able to grow crops all year round, regardless of the season,” said Swale Githinji.

Githinji, who is a banana and maize farmer in Ndula, said he has been using drip irrigation in his farm during the dry season.

“Since September last year when this project was actualised, I make at least Sh 60,000 a month from the sale of bananas,” he said. 

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