County Government efforts to achieve food security agenda received a boost as World Food Programme (WFP) donated eight motorcycles and ten hand-held tractors worth Kshs10.1 million.
The equipment will support extension officers in collaborating with County Government departments under the Sustainable Food System Program to improve access to projects sites to implement, monitor and coordinate joint activities.
County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun together with Chief officers, Dr. Jacob Lolelea (Agriculture and Land Reclamation) and Abdullahi Yussuf (Fisheries and Livestock Production), received the hand-held tractors and motorbikes that would also be distributed to County Disaster and Trade departments.
In his remarks, CEC Aemun said that the equipment would strengthen the capacity of the County Government on resilient livelihoods programs that are aimed at uplifting the welfare of the residents of Turkana.
He stated that the county government was committed to strengthening of agriculture through extension services and innovative means that would aid self-reliance through production of surplus food.
This, he said, would be done through interrogation of existing gaps that would provide robust roadmap geared towards having a sustainable farming system. He called for consideration of climate change factors while drawing designs for the partnership projects.
CEC Aemun informed the WFP officers that the department of Agriculture was leveraging on mechanised and commercial agriculture to bring more land under crop production for sustainability of livelihoods programs.
Under the partnership agreement, the county government and WFP have aligned their work plans to support the achievement of the joint goal of zero hunger as articulated in the County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2022 and WFP’s Country Strategic Plan 2018-2023.
Dr. Jacob Lolelea noted that the program have so far been impactful to communities and assured that the department would continue working together with WFP to successfully implement projects under the Sustainable Food System Program.
CO Abdullahi Yussuf thanked the partners for support and added that the motorbikes would enhance effective service delivery.
WFP Head of Lodwar Field Office, Ruth Amatala, said that the equipment donation were aimed at supporting extension services adding that the organisation would offer training on its usage.
Present during the launch were Directors Chammah Lotome (Land Reclamation), Bobby Ekadon (Livestock Production), Deputy Directors Rachael Aroo (Administration), David Namwaya (Fisheries) and Wilson Ejie (Trade).