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The Kenya Irrigation Act 2019

 

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law The Irrigation Act 2019, intended to support sustainable food production by among other interventions, establishing the National Irrigation Development Authority (NIDA).

the National Irrigation Development Authority (NIDA), established by the new law has been mandated to develop and improve irrigation infrastructure for national or public schemes. It will also provide irrigation support services to private medium and smallholder projects in collaboration with county governments.

Further, the new irrigation law outlines the roles of national and county governments in facilitating irrigation activities in the country and empowers county governments to establish irrigation development units to meet the irrigation needs of individual counties. 

The bill was presented to the President for signature by Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto accompanied by the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi. 

Also present were Senate speaker Ken Lusaka, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Leader of Majority in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen.

For more information on the act here is the full act : Irrigation Act 2019b 

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