CEC Aemun tours Turkana East to inspect construction of water pan in Nakukulas

Nakukulas, 28th July 2020

County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun today led a team from the Ministry together with staff from the World Food Program (WFP) to inspect the ongoing construction of a 5000 Cubic metre water pan in Nakukulas village,Lokori/Kochodin ward in Turkana East Sub-County.

The water pan is projected to benefit 150 households on agricultural activities using harvested rain water.

Other water pans of the same size are being constructed at Nakabosan and Kaakongu in Turkana South Sub-County, under the Sustainable Food System Program, jointly implemented by the County Government and WFP.

In his remarks, CEC Aemun said that completion of the water would complement food security projects in the area through provision of water for farming of vegetables and other horticultural crops.

The County executive had earlier in the day addressed County Livestock production officers undergoing training on fodder production, poultry keeping and beekeeping value chains. He said that the County Government was focused on programmes to diversify livelihoods to address perennial cases of hunger in Turkana.

World Food Programme is training 15 County Livestock production officers on beekeeping and poultry farming in Turkana South while another seven staff from the Directorate of Fisheries are being trained on fish value chain in Turkana Central and Turkana North Sub-Counties.

The objectives of the training is to equip frontline extension officers with skills and knowledge crucial for implementing activities that would increase food security and nutrition and build household resilience to climatic shocks through selected value chains.

He noted that the County was committed in strengthening food production systems through diversification by supporting both Pastoral and Agricultural systems to build resilience among residents of Turkana to enable them withstand untimely disasters that are as a result of changing climatic conditions.

CEC Aemun said that the County Government partnership projects with WFP would be rated as successful once it transforms community members from dependence to self reliance.

To achieve this, he said, proper engagement with residents on the need to change cultural mindsets from over reliance on pastoralism to other value chains such as poultry, fishing and bee keeping.

He stated that the Turkana Eco-system offers a good environment for investment on honey production which had a ready market because of Turkana’s strategic location.

County Chief Officer for Agriculture and Land Reclamation Jacob Lolelea said that progress had been made on resilience projects since inception of the the Sustainable Food System Program in 2019.

Dr. Lolelea added the five-year Program had enabled opening of more land for crop production as well as investment on value chains such as beekeeping and poultry farming that had been traditionally been ignored in Turkana as not worthy due to cultural beliefs.

 

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