Home Business Counties to benefit from Sh6.3 billion for irrigation farming Friday February 5 2016 email print African Development Bank (AFDB) director for the East Africa Resource Centre Gabriel Negatu (left) with National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich during the signing of a multi-billion loan for the food initiative executed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries on February 4, 2016 in Nairobi. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary The financing from the African Development Bank comprises Sh4 billion loan and Sh2.3 billion grant and will be used to fund small-scale irrigation activities among others meant to enhance the country’s food security.Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich on Thursday said the funds are given under favourable conditions from the bank with Kenya having been rebased to a lower mid income economy.The Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project will be carried out in Kitui, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Kajiado, Nyeri, Machakos, Tana River, Bomet and Meru counties. Advertisement By EDWIN OKOTH More by this Author Kenya has signed a Sh6.3 billion financial facility to aid irrigation and agricultural activities in 11 counties. The financing from the African Development Bank comprises Sh4 billion loan and Sh2.3 billion grant and will be used to fund small-scale irrigation activities among others meant to enhance the country’s food security.Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich on Thursday said the funds are given under favourable conditions from the bank with Kenya having been rebased to a lower mid income economy.“This is the first project to benefit from the non-concessional AfDB window after Kenya attained eligibility. Compared to other external sources, which have shorter periods, we are receiving a 25 year-term loan at about 2 per cent interest and with a grant component to it. The challenge is now for the implementers of this plan to ensure we complete the projects within the required period to avoid paying extra interest due to delays in completion,” Mr Rotich said in Nairobi. Related Content Kenya borrows Sh4.3bn to fund small scale irrigation Govt borrows Sh104.7bn in eight months Irrigation has turned our lives around COUNTIES TO BENEFITThe Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project will be carried out in Kitui, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Kajiado, Nyeri, Machakos, Tana River, Bomet and Meru counties.The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries will be the key implementer of the initiative that will see 12 irrigation schemes rolled out on close to 3,000 hectares of land.The plan includes the construction of 300 kilometres of access roads, post-harvesting crop storage facilities, water conservation and improved value chains. Farmer organisations will also be strengthened with training done for target producers.IMPROVE LIVESAfDB Regional Director for the East Africa Resource Centre Gabriel Negatu said the six-year project will be transformative to the lives of several households in targeted areas.“Through this project, 30,000 households including 90,000 children will benefit from better nutrition. Further, average household incomes are expected to rise effectively contributing to poverty eradication,” he said.Although the role of the National government was clearly laid out, it was not immediately clear how the devolved units would be involved with the Mr Rotich saying he had planned a meeting with governors on Friday to outline modalities of implementing projects with such funding.A similar project on medical equipment last year caused a major row between the national government and the county counterparts. email print Related Stories Tue Nov 24 17:27:21 EAT 2015 Kenya borrows Sh4.3bn to fund small scale irrigation The projects are aimed enhancing agricultural productivity, income and food security in rural communities. Wed Sep 30 09:16:19 EAT 2015 Govt borrows Sh104.7bn in eight months Fri Aug 22 17:08:03 EAT 2014 Irrigation has turned our lives around In the headlines The transformation of Ababu and Karua Once some of the fiercest critics of Uhuru and Ruto, LPK and Narc-Kenya leaders are now in Election 2017: Who will be president? Some are career politicians, others are teachers, one recently returned from the US, and another Prosecutors want Boniface Mwangi arrested Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies The rise and fall of Noriega May, Corbyn clash over Brexit Waiguru seeks to block lifestyle audit JUST BRENDA: My girlfriend can't cook, help!