The National Irrigation Development Authority (NIDA) of Kenya has commissioned two model farms in Mutha and Vote in Kitui South to jump start farmer extension services to scale up food security.
The National Irrigation Board (NIB) injected Sh.95 million [940,000 USD] in the two projects under the Big Four Agenda to ensure that farmers in the area access modern farming techniques that can help improve their farming methods to alleviate hunger and poverty.
The NIB Project Manager, Eng. Raphael Mutiso, said the model farms, each housing more than five greenhouses have provided a new lease of life to the locals who have access to fresh farm produce all year round.
“Farmers can do more to optimize the use of water in their lands, the government is helping them by investing in farmer outreach, education and assistance programmes for on-farm water-use best management practices, all of which will yield better returns," he said.
Eng. Mutiso said the move is a paradigm shift in the county’s farming methods from relying too heavily on rain-fed agriculture and into irrigation allowing farmers to be in-charge of small-scale irrigation schemes under the national government.