Nadunga, 11th November 2020— Communities living in areas where the County Government has established development projects have been urged to take ownership once completed to ensure  sustainability and achievement of intended purpose.

County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Ebei Aemun emphasized on the need by locals to change mindset by taking projects as Government owned. He regretted that many livelihoods resilience projects had been abandoned because of failure by the community to take it up immediately it’s operationalized.

The CEC, who was accompanied by the County Chief for Agriculture and Land Reclamation Jacob Lolelea, was speaking today at Nadunga when he led a team from the Department of Agriculture on an inspection of the 28-acres proposed drip irrigation scheme.

Once completed, the farm whose implementation has been revived, will benefit 112 households, and indirectly support more than 600 people. It is situated along the Nadunga Water and Soil conservation farm that was established by the County Government in 2018.

CEC Aemun said that the Department of Agriculture is establishing farms in high potential areas like Nadunga in Kaeris ward which can support farming and within vicinity of herders with an aim of offering alternative source of livelihoods to the pastoral community to increase food security at household level and also adress cases of malnutrition.

He directed County Irrigation engineers to coordinate with the contractor to complete the work within the stipulated timelines,and assured farmers present that the agriculture and crop officers will offer extension services on modern technology of farming.

The County Executive called on youth and women to take lead on farming noting that they play significant role on attainment of food security and towards zero hunger as depicted in the Sustainable Development Goals

On his part, Dr. Lolelea said that the Agriculture department had scaled up efforts to reclaim more land for farming and is using modern technology such as flood based and drip irrigation to increase production and make residents self-reliant.

He assured that the Government will provide seeds and other farm input to Nadunga farm once it becomes operational.