The County Government of Trans Nzoia has commissioned a Sh20 million dam at Chepchoina in Endebess Sub-county.
The project, called Amani Dam, is expected to hold more than 67,118 cubic metres of water and will mainly serve 300 tomato farmers in Amani, Vamia, and Njoro farms in Chepchoina Ward.
Speaking during the launch of the project, the County Government Agricultural Executive (CEC), Mary Nzomo, said the project is aimed at boosting agricultural production.
“The construction of the dam will boost the county’s diversification program through irrigation of tomatoes and other horticultural crops, including the banana value chain that is being promoted by the NARIGP program in 20 wards in the county. Our farmers have been dependent entirely on maize farming; the dam will help them diversify. We expect the contractor to handover the site in three months’ time,” she added.
The community will also benefit from water through water points to be installed in the areas of coverage.
“It will have a number of draw pipes that will demarcate the water as follows: a community water point where residents will be getting their water for domestic use; a cattle water point that will have troughs; there will also be pipes for irrigation. This will help us reduce interference from irrigation systems,” Ms. Nzomo said.
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