bura-irrigation-scheme-offices

Client:  – National Irrigation Board
Location:  – Kitui, Garissa and Tana River Counties.
Surface Area: –250,000 hA
Year Completed:  –
Value: –
Architect:   –

The project is situated along the Tana River in Tana River District, Coast Province. It is 50km North of Hola Town and about 400 kilometres North- of Mombassa Town. The construction of BISP started in 1978 and was funded by the World Bank, ODA, EEC, UNDP, Finnish Government, the Netherlands and the Government of Kenya. The project was set up with the following objectives:-

  • Settling the landless, unemployed or the under-employed. About 5150 families would be settled in phase I and about 3000 families in phase II.
  • Increasing food and cash crops production to ensure food sufficiency and save foreign exchange.
  • Creating employment and increasing the income of the community settled in the project.
  • Opening up arid and semi-arid regions by providing water. About 6700 hectares would be opened up in phase I and another 5000 hectares in Phase II.
  • Improving and rehabilitating the environment by planting trees to provide fuel wood and building materials for the scheme’ Population and its surroundings. The target of the area to be afforested would be 4500 hectares.

The project was principally modeled on the lines of Tana Irrigation Scheme, 50 kilometres South of Bura. The settlement was to take place in a space of 5 years, and the total population was estimated to reach 65,000 people. The settler families were to be settled in 23 villages scattered throughout the scheme. This population was to be supported from the agricultural production in the scheme based on:-

  • Cotton – main cash crop where farmers would cultivate 1.25ha plot each year.
  • Maize/Groundnuts – main food crops where farmers would cultivate 0.65ha plot each year.
  • Vegetables and other legumes – farmers would cultivate 0.05ha plot, and here the farmer would choose what crops to grow.

The construction of Phase I of the project ended largely in 1982. The first group of settlers reported in September 1981 and implementation effectively started then. It should be noted that due to cost overruns, escalating costs and cashflow problems that faced the project at the start of implementation, the Government decided that the project be scaled down to 3900 hectares in Phase I till further notice. This meant curtailment of certain components which included gravity water supply system, ginnery, staff housing etc. What was then considered to be a temporary pumping station was constructed at Nanighi, 50km from the scheme.

Feasibility Study and Preparation of an Implementation Programme for an Irrigation Scheme covering 250,000 Hectares. The Irrigation clusters are located in Kitui, Garissa and Tana River Counties.

The project is situated along the Tana River in Tana River District, Coast Province. It is 50km North of Hola Town and about 400 kilometres North- of Mombassa Town. The construction of BISP started in 1978 and was funded by the World Bank, ODA, EEC, UNDP, Finnish Government, the Netherlands and the Government of Kenya. The project was set up with the following objectives:-

  • Settling the landless, unemployed or the under-employed. About 5150 families would be settled in phase I and about 3000 families in phase II.
  • Increasing food and cash crops production to ensure food sufficiency and save foreign exchange.
  • Creating employment and increasing the income of the community settled in the project.
  • Opening up arid and semi-arid regions by providing water. About 6700 hectares would be opened up in phase I and another 5000 hectares in Phase II.
  • Improving and rehabilitating the environment by planting trees to provide fuel wood and building materials for the scheme’ Population and its surroundings. The target of the area to be afforested would be 4500 hectares.

The project was principally modeled on the lines of Tana Irrigation Scheme, 50 kilometres South of Bura. The settlement was to take place in a space of 5 years, and the total population was estimated to reach 65,000 people. The settler families were to be settled in 23 villages scattered throughout the scheme. This population was to be supported from the agricultural production in the scheme based on:-

  • Cotton – main cash crop where farmers would cultivate 1.25ha plot each year.
  • Maize/Groundnuts – main food crops where farmers would cultivate 0.65ha plot each year.
  • Vegetables and other legumes – farmers would cultivate 0.05ha plot, and here the farmer would choose what crops to grow.

The construction of Phase I of the project ended largely in 1982. The first group of settlers reported in September 1981 and implementation effectively started then. It should be noted that due to cost overruns, escalating costs and cashflow problems that faced the project at the start of implementation, the Government decided that the project be scaled down to 3900 hectares in Phase I till further notice. This meant curtailment of certain components which included gravity water supply system, ginnery, staff housing etc. What was then considered to be a temporary pumping station was constructed at Nanighi, 50km from the scheme.

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