Mwea Irrigation scheme

Mwea Irrigation scheme 1

Mwea Irrigation Scheme was started as a detention camp for Mau Mau detainees during the height of the state of emergency. In order to establish whether rice crop could be cultivated, the colonial government carried out the first rice trials (research) in 1953. The plains cover the south part of Kirinyaga County producing about 28000 tonnes of paddy each year.

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