Low yields, crop disease and poor farming methods are some of the challenges that farmers in Turkana South Sub – County Turkana County have had to grapple with leading to low income.
The rehabilitation of the Katilu Irrigation Scheme by the National Irrigation Authority is however changing the narrative for over 3800 farmers who can now breathe a sigh of relief with the Authority training the farmers on modern farming methods.
Katilu Irrigation Scheme is Located in Turkana South Sub – County Turkana County approximately 130km south of Lodwar town.
Irrigation water is diverted by gravity through earth canal from Turkwel River to the scheme.
The scheme was started in 1966 but came into operation in 1970 through joint efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Food and Agricultural Organization with the aim of settling Nomadic families from famine camps in Turkana County.
Over the years however, several challenges have been experienced which have negatively impacted running of operations at the scheme. In 2011, the local leadership requested the National Irrigation Authority to come and assist in the rehabilitation of the scheme which was by then 5,000 hectares.
About 3800 farmers are benefitting from the irrigation scheme which is also yet to be expanded.
NIA plans to introduce the farmers to high yielding seed varieties in a bid to boost their income .
The Authority also intends to train the farmers on modern farming methods that will help avert the challenges the farmers experience in managing their farms.