The Ahero Irrigation Scheme is located In the Kano plains between Nandi Escarpment and Nyabondo Plateau. The scheme was started as a pilot project to explore the feasibility of irrigation in the Kano Plains.Construction of the scheme started in 1966 and operations started in 1969.
- Location/County – Kisumu County, Muhoroni Sub-county
- Year of establishment – 1966
- Gazetted Area – 4,176 Acres
- Main Crop – Rice of varieties are 90% Sindano (IR-2793 & ITA 310), 5% aromatic. (Basmat-370) and 5% hybrid (Arize Tej Gold & Arize 6444 Gold)
- Area under Irrigation – 2,586.5 Acres
- Source of irrigation water – River Nyando
- No. of household farmers – 570 farm holders, 2000 farmers and 20,000 dependents
- Type of irrigation – Basin Irrigation
- Other Crops – Soybeans (seed) – contracted by SeedCo ltd-Kitale. Soybeans (commercial) – contracted by Josiche Co. ltd- Nakuru. Watermelon, Maize, Tomatoes, Sorghum and Cowpeas.
The scheme is implementing crop 63 in the season. 1,535 acres have been opened for cropping; 294acres at booting stage, 277 acres at vegetative stage, 132 acres at transplanting stage, 288 acres are being rotated, and 544 acres are being flooded.
Soybeans, tomatoes, watermelon, maize, cowpeas & sorghum – mature and harvesting.
Projected Benefits/ Benefits being realized
- Food security,
- Employment creation,
- Wealth creation thereby improving living standards (e.g. Health, Education, Shelter, and general economic growth of the population)
- Supply of fresh produce (watermelon and tomatoes) to town centres.