Conditions that made Mwea suitable for the establishment of the irrigation scheme

The following conditions that made Mwea suitable for the establishment of an irrigation scheme

  • Sparse population making it easy and cheap to resettle people
  • Land availability due to low population tributaries of R.  Tana (Thiba, Nyamidi)
  • Black cotton soils which retain water longer
  • Gently sloping topography enabling gravity flow of water
  • Low, unreliable rainfall received in the area make irrigation necessary.

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