County Chief Officer for Agriculture and Land Reclamation Dr. Jacob Lolelea has said that the current peace stability along the riverine belt in Turkana South Sub-County should motivate farming efforts in the region.
He stated that farmers should utilize the peaceful environment and government support to rejuvenate their efforts of crop production that he said had been hindered in the past because of insecurity.
The Chief Officer spoke at Simailele in Katilu Ward when he inspected the ongoing demarcation of indvidual farming plots in the farm by surveyors from the National Government’s ministry of Agriculture.
Dr .Lolelea assured the surveyors of County Government support towards realization of the DRSLP’s target at the Simailele farming site, that is projected to indirectly benefit more than 2500 people.
He called on farmers present to support implementation of the programme and urged Agriculture officers to help the County Government achieve it’s Food security agenda by offering regular extension services to residents on food and livestock production.
The implementation of the 180 hectares of farming land project in Simailele is funded by African Development Bank through the State Department of Crop Development and Agricultural Research . Its being implemented in Turkana under the Drought Resilience And Sustainable Livelihoods Programme(DRSLP), that is domiciled in the County Department of Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries.
County Director of Veterinary Services Benson Longor expressed optimism that the Programme would be beneficial to locals because of its Integrated approach that brings together the component of farming and livestock production in the farm.
20 hactres of the farm has been hived off and fenced for establishment of a commercial pasture production while construction of a hay store which is part of the project is half compl complete.
Apart from the equipped solar power and furnished office ,DRSLP has also identified and fenced a suitable site for construction of a grain store.
Also present were Irrigation Deputy Director Ken Wabwire ,Turkana County DRSLP Desk officer Paul Njuguna and a host of Agriculture officers from Turkana South Sub-County.