Today, we shall list the top 10 largest irrigation schemes in Kenya in 2023 and crops grown (PDF).
Irrigation schemes in Kenya are one of the best agricultural projects that the government has fulfilled in history. This is because they prevail to aid people living in the arid and semi-arid parts of the country.
Irrigation schemes in Kenya and crops grown in 2023
Today, there are several irrigation schemes in Kenya. Examples are the Ahero irrigation scheme, the Perkerra irrigation scheme, the Hola irrigation scheme, the Bura Irrigation scheme, and many more irrigation schemes in Kenya. Below is a PDF list of some of the irrigation schemes in Kenya in 2023 and the crops grown in them.
Rice is the main cereal crop grown in most of the irrigation schemes in Kenya like the Ahero and Mwea irrigation schemes. The main crops grown in the Perkerra irrigation scheme include onions, chilies, watermelons, pawpaws, cotton, and maize. On the other hand, Maize, Watermelon, Onions, Tomatoes, and cotton are the main crops grown in the Bura Irrigation Scheme.
Oldest irrigation scheme in Kenya
The oldest irrigation scheme in Kenya is the Tana River Irrigation Scheme. Tana Irrigation Scheme, launched in 1953, covers an area of 12,020 acres of land.
Largest irrigation scheme in Kenya
Galana-Kulalu is the largest irrigation scheme in Kenya. Certainly, the Galana-Kulalu Irrigation Scheme that covers 400,000 hectares of land, was launched by the government as a Food Security Project in 1996.
Why Perkerra irrigation scheme was started
Perkerra irrigation scheme was started by well-wishers to boost food security, upgrade standards of living in the area, and reduce dependency on philanthropists and the government for assistance owing to frequent droughts.
Perkerra Irrigation Scheme is situated 100 km North of Nakuru near Marigat in Baringo South Sub-County. It originates its name from the River Perkerra, which is the source of irrigation water and the only permanent river in the region.
Mwea Tebere Irrigation Scheme
The Mwea Tebere Irrigation Settlement Scheme is located in Kirinyaga County of Kenya and falls within two sub-counties i.e. Mwea East and Mwea West sub-counties.
Currently, the main crops grown in the Mwea Tebere Irrigation Scheme include chilies, onions, watermelons, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
In summary, below is a list of the top 10 irrigation schemes in Kenya in 2023.
Irrigation Schemes in Kenya 2023
- Galana-Kulalu irrigation scheme. It’s the largest irrigation scheme in Kenya in 2023.
- Ahero Irrigation Scheme.
- Tana Irrigation Scheme.
- Bunyala Irrigation Scheme.
- West Kano Irrigation Scheme. Also,
- Mwea Irrigation Scheme. It’s located in the Central province of Kenya.
- Hola Irrigation Scheme.
- Perkerra Irrigation Scheme.
- Bura Irrigation Scheme. Bura Irrigation Scheme is situated on the lower Tana Basin of Kenya.
- Katilu Irrigation Scheme. And finally,
- Turkana Irrigation Scheme.
Finally, we shall keep you posted on the same page on news about irrigation as time goes by.