Residents of Giribe in Suna West, Migori County, will have their long water crisis solved if the proposed Giribe Dam is completed within the proposed one-year period.
Governor Zachary Obado, while addressing Giribe residents after the Dam ground-breaking ceremony at Wasimbete Ward, highlighted that the earth dam will immensely improve the livelihoods of the people.
Giribe Earth Dam, which is projected to serve and benefit directly 1,260 homesteads in Suna West and 6,300 indirect residents in Kuria and some parts of Migori County.
The project will cover a total area of 304 hectares and will be funded with Sh36 million by the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) in partnership with the County Government of Migori.
The Earth Dam will have a total capacity of 28,000 cubic meters of water once completed and will be used for human consumptions, fish farming and irrigation purposes where maize, sweet potato, vegetable and arrowroots farmers are meant to benefit.
Governor Obado also emphasized that cattle drinking points will be set in specific areas to cater for the residents that practice dairy farming.
“We want this earth dam to change the lives of our people through farming and cattle rearing”, said the governor.
Mr Obado stated that the County Government through the County Department of Agriculture had ensured that they transform Migori residents’ subsist through agriculture.
He also encouraged residents of Migori to practice other farming activities like agribusiness and beekeeping business.
By Geoffrey Makokha