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What physical factors influenced the location of Mwea Teberre irrigation scheme?

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Physical factors that influenced the location of MweaTeberre irrigation scheme are;

  • Perennial rivers; Thiba, Nyamindi and Murubara that provided adequate water for irrigation.
  • The Mwea plains have black cotton soils, with high water retention capacity, that are suitable for rice farming/growing.
  • The area around Mwea experienced low, unreliable and poorly distributed rainfall hence not suitable for rain fed agriculture thus need for irrigation.
  • Presence of loamy soils ensured cultivation of other crops to support families settle.
  • Presence of gently sloping land which made it possible for irrigation farming.

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