CS AND PS VISIT TO THIBA DAM
The CS Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Mr. James W. Macharia, E.G.H toured Thiba Dam in Kirinyaga County to assess the progress of ongoing works at the dam site on March 31, 2022. He was accompanied by the PS Dr. Eng Joseph K. Njoroge, CBS, Water Secretary Eng. Sao Alima, and Irrigation Secretary Mr. Aboud Moeva. They were received by the National Irrigation Authority’s Deputy General Manager, Infrastructure and Irrigation Development Services Eng. Charles Muasya and other senior officers.
They inspected the ongoing works and the CS was very happy with the construction progress of Thiba Dam whose construction is complete with some few auxiliary works being concluded. He commended the Authority for the good job done and affirmed that the dam will be launched soon by the H. E the President.
Thiba Dam will put an additional 10,000 acres under irrigation in Mwea to make the scheme have a cumulative of 35,000 acres and introduce double cropping of 35 000 acres resulting in having 70,000 acres under irrigation in a year. This will cause an increase in rice production from the current 114,000 metric tonnes to 200,000 metric tonnes.
As a result of the increase in area under Irrigation, Thiba Dam is also set to inject more income into the local economy from the current KSh. 10Billion to KSh. 16Billion annually and create an additional 100,000 jobs leading to a cumulative 350,000 jobs in a year.”