RICE GROWING IN MWEA, KENYA

General
This is an explanation of the activities involved in growing rice in Mwea irrigation scheme. INTRODUCTION Mwea irrigation scheme is in Kirinyaga county, Central province and is the biggest rice producing scheme in Kenya. Rice is a highly-valued staple food in Kenya. Rice yields well in black-cotton soil and needs ample supply of water for better growth. Water in the Mwea irrigation scheme is mainly from two rivers namely; River Nyamindi and River Thiba. In Mwea, there are various types of rice grown including pishori, sindano e.t.c. Each type has its own characteristics separating it from the others and the differences are very evident, even visually. Flooded rice cultivation is profitable but requires high initial investment which is usually not affordable to smallholder farmers. Flooded rice usually yields more than…
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