National Irrigation Board, Kenya
National Irrigation Board, Kenya was established and incorporated in 1966 as a state corporation through the Irrigation Act, Cap 347 of the Laws of Kenya. The objective of this Act is “to provide for the development, control, and improvement of irrigation schemes, for purposes incidental thereto and connected therewith.” Currently, the Board manages seven national irrigation schemes and stations with four operational research stations. The Board also has two rice mills in Eastern and Western regions: Mwea Rice Mills (MRM) and Western Kenya Rice Mills (WKRM).
In addition, the National Irrigation Board, Kenya under the Expanded National Irrigation Programme is undertaking new developments as well as rehabilitation of irrigation projects amounting to about 169 projects spread all over the country to date. National Irrigation Board, Kenya is also spearheading the implementation of Galena/Kulalu Food Security Project in Tana River and Kilifi County. This is a National Economic Program aimed at putting one million acres of land under irrigated agriculture within five years hence increasing food security in the country.
As the principal player in the large-scale irrigation sub-sector in Kenya, The NIB is expected to play a leading role in the management, coordination, and implementation of activities in this Plan. It is noted, however, that the capacity required to implement the Corporate Plan exceeds that available to the NIB as an agent of the government.
National Irrigation Board Kenya Contacts
Name: National Irrigation Board
Category; Parastatals in Kenya
Location: Unyunyizi House Lenana Road
Address: P.O Box 30372, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel. No: +254 0202711380, 2711468
Fax: +254 020 2722821, 2711347