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County national team tours development projects

The county implementation and development coordination committee on Tuesday kicked off three days tour inspecting development projects in the county.

The committee which brings together departmental heads from various national government ministries and agencies and led by Turkana County commissioner Muthama Wambua toured irrigation, digital literacy project and roads projects in Turkana central and North sub counties on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It emerged that Kerio Valley Development Authority had already managed to put 75 acres of land under cultivation with yields expected from the 50 acres under cultivation soon.

The KVDA manager Samuel Kigen said the authority plans to cultivate 150 acres of land under irrigation to boost food security in the county.

Sorgum, maize, green grams are some of the crops that are planted in the land.

Maize will be ready for harvest in two months.

Kigen also revealed that the authority plans to hand over part of the Napuu irrigation scheme to the community.

“We intend to hand over 50 acres of land under irrigation to the community soon,” said Kigen.

He added that the community was being empowered through capacity building to ensure sustainability of the irrigation scheme.

Kigen announced that the authority had presented a plan that will see more land under irrigation if the plan is approved.

Delays in disbursement of funds and low water supply were cited as some of the challenges that faced the scheme last financial year.

Initially, the scheme was meant to use water from all boreholes but the community deemed it fit to reserve some boreholes for domestic use only.

On Thursday the committee will tour road projects and a bridge at Kainuk in Turkana south sub-county.

By Peter Gitonga

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