Mega dam being built to boost rice farming in the Mwea .

 Mega dam  being built  to boost rice farming in the Mwea .

A Sh13 billion mega dam is being built on Thiba River in Gichugu constituency to boost rice farming in the Mwea Irrigation Scheme.

The project, which is funded by the Japanese Government, will be undertaken by the National Irrigation Board to end the water shortage at the irrigation scheme and boost food production.

The expansion of the irrigation scheme was among the measures the government was taking to increase rice production.

The government targets increased the land under rice farming at the Mwea Irrigation Scheme from 24,000 acres to 48,000 acres.