In Summary
  • Feasibility studies have been finalised and construction starts next month, according to the Mwea Irrigation Scheme manager, Mr Innocent Ariemba.
  • The scheme, which was established in 1950s, has the potential to produce enough rice for local consumption and for export.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to commission the project next month.

A multi-billion shilling rice project by the national government in Kirinyaga County will create 250,000 jobs.

The project involves the construction of a Sh16 billion Thiba Dam at Rukenya village.

Feasibility studies have been finalised and construction starts next month, according to the Mwea Irrigation Scheme manager, Mr Innocent Ariemba.

The dam will increase acreage under rice from 22,000 to 50,000 acres.

“More workers will be required for the rice fields,” he said yesterday.

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