BURA IRRIGATION REHABILITATION PROJECT

The Project aims at enhancing national food security through installation of gravity water abstraction system to lower the cost of production and increase the area under irrigation in Bura irrigation scheme to 15,000 acres from the current 6,000 acres thus meeting the food need of the community in the arid county of Tana River, its neighboring counties and Kenya at large. 

The project components include construction of gravity intake at Kora Kora on River Tana as follows:

  1. Construction of diversion facilities at Kora Kora site, river bank protection works and sedimentation basin.
  2. Construction and lining of Connecting canal with a discharge capacity of 11m3/sec and 26.3km in length.
  3. Rehabilitation and lining of existing main canal (53km), existing irrigation command area infrastructures (canals, canal structures, night storage reservoirs, drains roads) for Bura, Chewele, Pumwani and Masabubu commands.
  4. Rehabilitation of buildings, domestic water supply and electricity supply.

Construction works for Bura Irrigation and Settlement Scheme Rehabilitation Project was contracted to IVRCL Company. The Government of Kenya (GoK) is financing 70% of the project cost while 30% is financed by Arab partners comprising of Kuwait Fund for International Development, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

The project construction commenced on 27th May, 2013 however its scheduled completion has been affected by low funding. The contractor has requested for extension by additional 12 months to completion date of 30th March 2019 and the concurrence of the donor is being sought.  More efforts are being put in place to secure financing to meet the cost of completing the project as designed.

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