The Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation (CS), Eugene Wamalwa has launched sugarcane irrigation scheme at Sangalo Institute of Science and Technology, Bungoma County.
Speaking during the launch, Wamalwa said that 100 acres of land have been donated by the county government to experiment sugarcane irrigation in order to boost sugarcane farming in the region.
The CS pointed out that through irrigation and good species, there will be increased sugarcane production leading to poverty eradication.
Wamalwa gave examples of countries that have prospered through irrigation as among them, Uganda, Sudan and Egypt.
He said Egypt has almost 8 million acres of land under irrigation as compared to Kenya, which has 350,000 acres.
Wamalwa said that Sangalo Institute of Science and Technology will work in partnership with Nzoia Sugar Company and Mumias Sugar Company to utilize the 100 acres donated at the institution.
He thanked Egypt for giving Kenya a grant of sh. 500 million, indicating that Sangalo institute will be the first recipient of the money to start the sugarcane irrigation project
Also speaking during the occasion was the Egyptian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Dr. Mohammed Abde Ati, who applauded the step Kenya has taken to start sugarcane irrigation, saying it saves time and has higher productivity.
Dr. Ati encouraged the cordial relationship between Kenya and Egypt , giving an example that Egypt imports Kenyan tea, among other areas of cooperation,
Source: Kenya News Agency