President William Samoei Ruto commissioned the Mweru Umoja Irrigation Project.
He says the project targets to irrigate 500 acres of land, with intake works for drawing water, a sedimentation basin, installation of 355 mm diameter pipe of 14 Kilometers, installation of 8.5 Kilometers sub- mains and 45.5 Kilometers of lateral pipelines.
Mweru Umoja Irrigation Project will ultimately benefit the promotion of farming with estimated average gross margins of Ksh 255,000 per acre per year.
Other obvious benefits include the achievement of sustainable water supply and food security in the region as well as promotion of job opportunities. Further, the project will benefit 1000 households directly from access to water for both home and farm use. The total direct beneficiaries are 2500 persons. The Mweru Umoja Irrigation Project that started in June 2019 was completed in early November 2022 and cost the taxpayers Ksh. 151,983,432.80.
At a public gathering at Igochi market , the President further revealed that the government has cumulative irrigation projects in the region comprising of Meru County ( Ksh 2,105,338,403.40), Tharaka Nithi ( 2,298,036,785.78) and Embu county ( Ksh 2,411,776,046.41). Status of the Public Private Partnership ( PPP) Projects in the region include: Thuci dam in Embu county and Tharaka Nithi’s Maara dam project concept note has been developed.
The President was accompanied by the Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Cabinet Secretary Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Hon Zacharia Njeru EGH, Principal Secretary State Department for Irrigation CPA, Ephantus Kimotho CBS, Ag. Irrigation Secretary Eng Vincent Kabuti, OGW among other senior Ministry officials and NIA Chair Eng Gilbert Maluki and CEO Eng Charles Muasya, MBS. Her Excellency Governor Kawira Mwangaza of Meru County and the entire leadership were in attendance.