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Kenya-France Water and Irrigation Partnership Takes Center Stage at Ministry Meeting

Cabinet Secretary for Water Sanitation and Irrigation, Zachariah Njeru, welcomed the Ambassador of France to Kenya, H.E Arnaud Suquet, at the Ministry Headquarters to discuss the ongoing collaborations between Kenya and France in the water and irrigation sectors.

CS Njeru was accompanied by Principal Secretaries Ephantus Kimotho, CBS (Irrigation), and Julius Korir, CBS (Water and Sanitation).

The meeting aimed to review and strengthen the partnerships between the two countries on various water and irrigation projects that are pivotal for Kenya’s development agenda.

During the meeting, PS Kimotho provided updates on the Mwache Multipurpose Dam Project, highlighting the construction progress at the Lower check dam.

He also announced that preparations for the commencement of the Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) dam construction are underway, targeting timely completion by 2026.

The Mwache Multipurpose Dam Project holds significant importance as it aligns with the Kenyan government’s agenda to provide clean water access to the residents of Kwale and Mombasa Counties.

Furthermore, the project aims to expand areas under irrigation to bolster climate resilience and food security in the region.

Expressing satisfaction with the progress, CS Njeru acknowledged the keen interest of French companies in participating in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Dam projects.

He also lauded the ongoing collaboration with Sunculture, which aims to facilitate rapid farmer-led irrigation expansion in the country.

With Kenya’s potential for farmer-led irrigation estimated at 6.6 million acres, there is a vast opportunity for growth and development in the agricultural sector.

The Ministry is focused on catalyzing private sector involvement by providing irrigation equipment, extension services, agro-inputs, and fostering vibrant markets to harness this potential effectively.

The partnership between Kenya and France in the water and irrigation sectors continues to flourish, with both countries committed to driving sustainable development and ensuring access to clean water and irrigation facilities for all.

The collaborative efforts aim to create a lasting impact on Kenya’s agricultural landscape, promoting resilience, food security, and economic growth.

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