HC Deb 23 January 1958 vol 580 c189W
22. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many acres have already been covered, and how many Kikuyu families absorbed, by the Mwea irrigation scheme in Kenya; and what are the long-term targets for this scheme.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

By 31st December 1,200 acres had been levelled and 845 of these were ready for flooding, 2,700 men, women and children were permanently engaged on the scheme. On present plans by 1959 1,000 families should be resettled on 5,000 acres, and by 1962 these figures should be doubled. A further 20,000 acres accommodating 4,000 more families should thereafter be available for irrigation.

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