Thwake Dam: Project Affected Persons to be paid within next five months

PS signing on behalf of the Government of Kenya and Mr. Chen Diannan signing on behalf of China Gezhouba Group of Companies.

“189 Project affected persons will receive their compensation within the next five months”, PS, Irrigation Professor Fred Segor has confirmed.He was speaking after officially issuing the China Gezhouba Group of Companies project manager Chen Diannan with the ‘Access of Site’ certificate in accordance with the contract regulations at the Thwake Dam site in Katithi sub-location on Tuesday 27 th March, 2018.  The issuance is a milestone that marks the commencement of the construction of
Thwake Dam embankment and other associated works in the first phase of the project.“Everything is now in place and the government is committed, and as this is the biggest project that we have as a State Department we will put all our energies together to make sure that we succeed”, PS said.

The dam which when completed will change the lives of over 1.3 million people will have a capacity of more than 150,000 cubic meters of water, some of which will be used to irrigate over 100,000acres of land in both Kitui and Makueni counties.While assuring local leaders that 80% of employment will go to those in the vicinity,Segor called upon them to embrace and support government projects because of the benefits they bring to the people.Speaking at the same event, Mr. Chen Diannan who represented China Gezhouba Group of Companies assured government and local leaders that they will fully comply with the contractual obligations

Professor Fred Segor, Principal Secretary, State Department for Irrigation, at the River Thwake with technical experts and local leaders.

Mr. Chen Diannan of China Gezhouba Group of Companies with the certificate of Access of site.









Government hands over Thwake Project Site

All eyes on the project map. (Clockwise, from left to right) Mr. Munyao, the project coordinator pointing at the map, Hon. Dan Maazo, (MP Makueni) obscured, fourth from left, Mr.Chan, Chairman China Gezhouba Group of Companies, Hon. Nzambia (MP Kilome), Maalim Mohamed, Makueni County Commissioner, Mr. Stephen Ikua, Secretary of Administration, State department for Irrigation, Mr. Kimongo (MCA), and Mr. Peter makuu, Chairperson Project Affected Persons (extreme right) among others.Picture by John Madoka – State Department for Irrigation.

The government on Friday 23 rd March, 2018 officially handed over the Thwake Multi-purpose Dam
Project site to China Gezhouba Group of Companies Limited.This took place at Katithi Sub-location, Mavindini location, Kathonzweni Sub-County in Makueni County.
The handing over of the site will now enable the contractor access the site and set up camp.
This brief event brought together senior State of irrigation representatives, Secretary of Administration,Mr. Stephen Ikua and Mr. Munyao,( the Project coordinator), the Makueni County Commissioner, Mr.Maalim Mohammed and his security team, the Chairman China Gezhouba Group of Companies, Mr.Chan and his team and areas MP’s Dan Maazo (Makueni) and Hon. Nzambia (kilome) among others.
The Thwake Multi-purpose Dam is a Kenya Vision 2030 flagship project and among those that will help
deliver the 'Big Four', which are at the heart of the Government's plans for the next five years.
Speaking during the event Mr. Ikua confirmed that the government will expedite the release of funds to ensure that the remaining ‘project affected persons’ (PAP’s) not yet compensated soon get their money in full.
The dam project is multipurpose in nature and it is expected to provide water for domestic and
irrigation use as well as for hydropower generation. The dam will also mitigate floods within the
coastal region which is flood prone zone
The principal areas which have been targeted as the main beneficiaries of water are
Kathonzweni, Wote, Kibwezi and the neighbouring areas in Makueni County and the Yatta
Plateau in Kitui County. The main beneficiary for now is the proposed Konza ICT City.
The Makueni and Kilome MP’s both expressed their commitment to support the project which
will completely change the lives of over 1million people.
However, Makueni MP Hon. Dan Maazo urged the government to stop activities that pollute
the water upstream in Nairobi and its environs.

Low-emission and Climate Resilient Dairy Development in Kenya (Dairy NAMA)

Kenya’s Dairy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action(NAMA) onLow-emission and Climate Resilient Dairy Development in Kenya
The State Department of Livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture, livestock and Fisheries (MAAIF) of Kenya has developed a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action on Low-emission and Climate Resilient Dairy Development in Kenya.
The main objective of this NAMA is to trigger low-carbon development in the dairy sector through the introduction of climate-smart livestock practices and to bring the dairy production sector of Kenya onto a low carbon and more resilient path. More specifically, it will aim attransforming the Kenyan dairy sector and significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while also achieving other important social, economic and environmental benefits. The NAMA aims to provide effective support to 267,000 dairy farmers, double milk output from 450 million litres to 915 million litres, increase household dairy enterprise net income by at least 50 percent and provide additional benefits in the form of reduced labor and health burden of fuel wood collection especially for women.
The Dairy NAMA is framed within Kenya’s National Climate Change Policy and sustainable development goals. It also couples both national development strategies and policy changes, such as the Vision 2030, to provide a supporting environment for the development of a climate-smart dairy sector. The key approach envisioned within the Dairy NAMA is to improve dairy productivity and thereby reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions, since this allows development of the sector while reducing the environmental impact of growth. By assisting and incentivizing private-sector investment in low- emission, climate resilient, gender inclusive dairy extension services, enabling investments in energyefficiency and clean energy technologies in milk collection, chilling and processing and supporting adoption of household biogas technology, the project will transform Kenya’s dairy sector to a low-emissions pathway. Initial estimates show that over the 10-year implementation period, the expected emissions reductions total 8.8 million tCO2 eq.
The NAMA development has been led by theState Department of Livestock in collaboration with Kenya Dairy Board with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Unique Forestry and Land Use.

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CS Mwangi Kiunjuri today called for synergy in all agriculture value chains

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri today called for synergy in all agriculture value chains in order to facilitate achievement of National food and nutrition security. He was speaking during the official opening of the 2018 Eldoret National ASK Show. He is accompanied by (from left) Eldoret ASK Branch chairman Ratcliffe Nangalama, National chair Anabel Kirinya, Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno and CAS Andrew Tuimur.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri addresses farmers at the Namanjalala Farmers Demonstration Centre in Kwanza,Trans Nzoia County

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri addresses farmers at the Namanjalala Farmers Demonstration Centre in Kwanza,Trans Nzoia County today. He thanked farmers in the county for growing a record maize crop last year. He said the county alone, had the capacity to produce the 15m bags of maize shortfall the country requires to feed Kenyans.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri today (7th March 2018) begun a 4-day official tour of the North Rift Region. Today he addressed middle and large scale maize farmers at the Kitale Museum.

He also addressed small scale farmers at the Namanjalala Farmers Demonstration centre in Kwanza and toured the ultra modern Bull Centre both in Trans Nzoia County before addressing farmers at the NCPB Silos in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

Ministry of Agricul officials have hit the ground running to sensitize farmers on the need to produce more inorder to realize national food & nutrition security


Ministry of Agriculture & irrigation  officials have hit the ground running to sensitize farmers on the need to produce more in order to realize national food & nutrition security. CAS Andrew Tuimur and Crops PS Richard Lesiyampe were in Nandi and Bungoma Counties today taking the critical message. Above, Dr. Tuimur addressing farmers at Kabiyet, Nandi.