President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday signed into law the Irrigation Bill and the Land Value (Amendment) Bill aimed at improving food security and proper utilization of the land resources.
“The Irrigation Act is intended to support sustainable food production by among other interventions establishing the National Irrigation Development Authority (NIDA) and outlining the roles of national and county governments in facilitating irrigation activities in the country,” President Kenyatta said.
Further, the new irrigation law empowers county governments to establish irrigation development units to meet irrigation needs of individual counties.
The bill was presented to the President for signature by Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto accompanied by the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ken Lusaka, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Leader of Majority in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen.
The laws seek to respectively streamline the development, management and regulation of irrigation, make land rates, rent, stamp duty and compensation predictable, rational and not prone to subjective valuations.