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Water security, sustainability and accessibility set to increase in Makueni

Water security, sustainability and accessibility set to increase in Makueni

Makueni,

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

KNA by Patrick Nyakundi

Water security, sustainability and accessibility is set to increase in some parts of Makueni County after implementing STAWI Mashinani a new project at a cost Sh 100 million in the next five years, Welthungerhilfe (WHH) Technical Officer (TO) Anthony Theuri has said.

Mr Theuri said that through the programme they intend to create a comprehensive framework for water security that mitigates challenges of resource scarcity, conflict and poverty in parts the project will be implemented.

He disclosed that the main objectives will include developing enhanced water governance, community empowerment, infrastructure development and environmental conservation.

“We shall strengthen provision of service providers and ensure equitable distribution of water sustainably and empower communities through education and participation in water management decisions to foster sense of ownership,” said Theuri in a County Steering Group Committee meeting held in a hotel in Wote on Monday.

“Also we will increase rural access in rehabilitating water projects and ensure reliable access to clean water, particularly in remote areas and implement strategies of conservation of water resources hence provide sustainable water supply,” he added in the meeting that was co-chaired by the Executive Committee Member (ECM) for Agriculture Joyce Mutua and Kathozweni Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Annabel Gitonga.

During the meeting, the Technical Officer disclosed that the project will run from January 2024 to November 2028 and they will work closely with Water Users Associations (WRUAs) in the nine counties that the project will be implemented.

Theuri revealed that the programme will utilize water usage for agricultural and pastoralists activities by adopting of climate –smart technologies that will enhance the livelihoods of women and youth in the communities.

The other counties that the project will be implemented include Kitui, Garissa, Marsabit, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Wajir, Turkana, and Samburu.

“We shall work with 2 WRUAs in each county to ensure sustainability of water catchment. We will work closely with the county governments to identify the groups which will be either women or youth,” said Theuri.

The implementer of the programme is Millennium Water Alliance which contracted WHH to implement the programme in Makueni and Marsabit counties.

On her part, the Agriculture ECM Mutua said that her department was looking for 5,000 acres in five wards where they intend to plant sunflower and also disclosed that livestock will be vaccinated in the county soon.

“We have received 15 metric tonnes and we intend to distribute to farmers in five wards where each will provide 1,000 acres to plant the sunflower. We will start vaccinating dogs against rabbies and later livestock against skin and lumpy and food and mouth diseases among others,” said Mutua.

She thanked the development partners for initiating several programmes geared in improving the lives of the people of Makueni County.

On her part, Kathozweni DCC Gitonga who represented the county commissioner, urged the people to take advantage of the rains and plant trees in their farms besides crops to boost food security in the area.

Courtesy; KNA

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