Rice farmers in Western Kenya stands to benefit from SRI technology transfer being implemented by the National Irrigation Board (NIB) and Agr-SRI of India. Jomo Kenyatta University through its Water and Research Center (WARREC) is providing technical backstopping in this project. Funded by the Agr-SRI of India, the project aims at up-scaling SRI in Western Kenya so as to increase rice production. The project was launched on 23rd November at Ahero irrigation scheme.
Speaking during the project launch, Western Kenya schemes Manager Mr. Joel Tanui welcomed the participants to the project and lauded the many benefits that the system of Rice Intensification can give to the farmers if adopted. He further acknowledged the strong collaboration that JKUAT and Agr-SRI of India has shown that will see farmers boost their productivity.
In her remarks, Prof. Bancy Mati – Director Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) and Coordinator of SRI projects stated that the Agr-SRI funded project will promote food security as it aims to increase rice production. “SRI is as technology that uses less water but increases production across all rice varieties” said Prof. Mati. She further elaborated that the project will see about 600 farmers facilitated to practice SRI in Ahero, West Kano and South West Kano irrigation schemes a factor that will promote SRI adoption in Western Kenya. Prof Mati thanked the Agr-SRI of India for having funded the project which will work towards enhancing food security and environmental sustainability.
The function was attended by all unit leaders (including out growers) from Ahero, West Kano and South West Kano irrigation schemes, NIB staff and Kisumu County Government Reps. JKUAT was represented by Prof. Bancy Mati – Director Water Research and Resource center who also represented Agr-SRI and also Wycliffe Nyangau- Administrative assistant WARREC.