Background Information

West Kano Irrigation Scheme is located in the Kano plains between Nandi escarpment and Nyabondo plateau on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu County. The scheme was constructed in the year 1974 and become operational in 1976. The scheme has 837 farmers with gross area of 4396 acres. The gross farm land area is 2230 acre and farm size of 2-4 acres per farmer. The scheme irrigation water is abstracted by pumping from Lake Victoria and water drainage is also by pumping back to the Lake.  The scheme has a population dependent of about 30,000 people.

The scheme does rice as the main crop. The main varieties grown are Basmati 370, IR 2793, ITA 310 and BW 196. The average yield is about 4.5-6.5 tonnes per Ha with approximate net income of between Kshs. 35,000-45,000.

 

Statistical Data

Location/County

Kisumu County

 

Year of establishment

1974

 

Gazetted area

4450 acres

 

Area under Irrigation

2250 acres

 

Source of irrigation water

Lake Victoria

 

No. of households/farmers

837

 

Type of Irrigation

Water is abstracted by pumping from Lake Victoria and water drainage is also by pumping back to the Lake.

 

Main crop

Rice

 

Current Status

During this season 1448 acres have been opened for rice cropping (IR 2793-80-1)

 

Projected Benefits/ Benefits being realized

It is expected that by the end of this season a total of 5352 tonnes of paddy rice will be harvested and gross income of 187.3 million realized.

Other benefits include; food security, and employment.

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