JOINT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OF THE SPATIAL PLANS FOR THE 8 PLANNED TOWNS IN TURKANA COUNTY.

The County Department of Lands, Energy, Housing and Urban Areas Management in collaboration with the County Assembly of Turkana’s Sectoral committee on Lands, Energy, Housing and Urban Areas Management conducted public participation on Integrated Strategic Urban Development plans for 8 towns being Kakuma, Lokichar, Lokichoggio, Lowarengak, Lorugum, Kalokol, Lokori and Lokitaung. The activity has been jointly supported by FAO in collaboration with the County Department of Lands, Energy, Housing and Urban Areas Management.

This exercise will culminate in the discussion and subsequent approval o by the Turkana County Assembly which will now unlock the process of registration, adjudication and survey for tittles in the urban areas starting with Lodwar Municipality.

HOUSEHOLDS TO BENEFIT FROM SUPPLEMENTARY LIVESTOCK FEEDS

Lodwar, 23rd September— Over 300 livestock farmers in Turkana South,Loima and Turkana Central Sub-County who keep Dairy goats (Toggenburg) will benefit from a supplementary livestock feeds distribution programme that will be undertaken by the County Department of Livestock Production in partnership with  Frontier Children Development Organization.

Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries County Executive Philip Aemun has said that prepositioning of the Livestock feeds to sub-county reserve stores and distribution to dairy goats breeders in Angarabat and Lokapel areas  of Turkana South and KanamKemer ward in Turkana Central is meant to cushion the livestock against death due to starvation because of limited feeds and other effects like desert Locust infestation that destroyed vegetation.

Other places that will benefit from phase one of livestock supplementary feeds distribution includes Kalemnyang in Lobei/Kotaruk ward and Kekorongole in Turkwell ward of Loima Sub-County.

County Executive spoke this afternoon in Lodwar when he flagged off vehicles carrying Livestock feeds to sub-counties reserve stores for prepositioning. He emphasized on the need by households, especially those living in urban areas to keep the toggenburg goats that he said will improve households nutrition through dairy milk.

Additionally, CEC Aemun said that that distribution of the feeds will improve breeding and young stock since they are high feeders,reduce food insecurity and improve beneficiaries purchasing power through improved incomes realized from sales of surplus milk and health animals.

The County Government in FY2019/20 procured a total of 3148bags of range cubes packed in 50Kg bags. 2578 bags of Livestock feeds meant for Turkana North, Turkana Central, Kibish, Loima and Turkana Central have been stored here in the Lodwar Feeds Reserve Store while 570 bags meant for Turkana South and East Sub-Counties have been stored in Lokichar Strategic Feed Store.

CEC Aemun said apart from the feeds procured by the County Government,other partners involved in the desert locusts interventions are planning to procure supplementary feeds to cushion livestock keepers against adverse effects of pasture inadequacy resulting from desert locust invasion.

County Chief Officer for Fisheries, Livestock Production and Veterinary Services Abdullahi Yussuf said that additional intervention include plans upscale of pasture production, rangelands rehabilitation and management as well as livelihoods diversification activities such as poultry and bee keeping.

CO thanked partner organization supporting feeds distribution and directed that the supplementary feeds reach the targeted beneficiaries.

The County Livestock Production department will promote goat dairy farming to increase production and profitability to livestock farmers in Turkana.

While noting of financial and resources challenges,County Director for Livestock Production Bobby Ekadon said that the department is waiting for release of funds from the National Government so as to cover had-hit drought hotspots areas like Kalapata,Kerio Delta,Lakezone, Kalokol and Kaeris wards that are currently constrained in terms of feeds pasture availability.

Director Ekadon added that second phase which  will begin next week will be done through a collaboration under the Omo Delta program through which TUPADO will facilitate ferrying of feeds to Turkana North & Kibish while LOKADO will support prepositioning of feeds to Turkana West Sub-County.

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) intends to support the directorate with 5000 bags of range cubes as a post locust recovery program to cushion the affected livestock species all-over the county.

In this financial year,the County Government has earmarked to construct four saleyards at Nanam,Nakalale,Kalapata and Napusimoru.

Frontier Children Development Organization which is a local Non-Governmental Organization affiliated with Child Fund has facilitated livestock production staff who will be key in distribution of the feeds to the targeted beneficiaries.

Directors Benson Longor(Veterinary Services) and Robert Kibunja (Fisheries) as well staff from the Pastoral Economy and Fisheries department attended the brief ceremony held at Mifugo Complex.

Frontier Children Development Organization Sponsor Relation Coordinator John Esibitar was also present.

LAND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF RESETTLEMENT SCHEMES IDENTIFIED

Land for construction of 44 houses that are meant to resettle communities in areas that was where insecurity caused people to abandon at Lomelo and Kamuge has been identified.

Contractors who were awarded the job have been shown the site and construction is expected to begin soon.

Initially the resettlement schemes were meant for Nadome and Kasarani areas but were relocated to Kamuge and Lomelo villages in Napeitom/Kapedo ward in Turkana East after consultation with community members and areas.

Resettlement for Kapetakinei and Ngilukia have been budgeted while ongoing projects are being done in Kaakulit and Kagitetei.

Similar structures that have been budgeted for will be constructed at Natodomeri in Kibish sub-county while Liwan, Loruth and Todonyang areas of Turkana North will benefit from the peace programme.

Other wards that will get the resettlement schemes include Namambu (Lobokat), Kaloperor (Kalapata), Nadome (Kaputir) in Turkana South while residents of Loya and Moruongor in Loima are set to benefit from the resettlement peace initiative that is under the Office of the Governor.

In Turkana West the resettlement schemes will be constructed at Loteleteit and Lokabuk in Lokichoggio and Kalobeyei wards respectively.

County Deputy Director of Peace John Lokoli who led the a team in handing over of the construction sites said that the Government was committed towards operationalization of the peace building structures that are meant to accommodate hundreds of residents that had in the past been affected by raids due to insecurity cases.

He called for support from residents towards completion of the smart villages that will include a perimeter fence,water tap and a number of semi-permanent houses depending on the identified number of targeted beneficiaries.

The construction of the infrastructures is part of the County Government agenda to secure both internal and cross-border peace with an aim of achieving a conducive environment for socio-economic development of Turkana County.

Area MCA Willy Nalimo briefed residents on the relocation of the projects and future plans of budgeting additional houses to accommodate those who will not benefit from the first phase that will be constructed in this financial year.

Also present was the Napeitom/Kapedo Ward Administrator Samuel Kitoe.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER PRIVATIZATION OF HONEY PRODUCER GROUPS AND COOPERATIVES

Lokichar, 18th September­— The County Government will weigh and consult with apiculture stakeholders on allowing private running of already mapped honey producer groups and cooperatives to scale up honey production in Turkana.

Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries County Executive Philip Aemun has said that the Pastoral Economy department was committed to scale up investment on honey production in the County through Public-Private partnership that would not only be profitable but also sustainable to honey producers.

He decried that past cases of allowing groups run operations had failed to live up to the honey production expectations despite the favorable environment for bee keeping noting that engaging established private organization who had capacity to commercialize honey products as well as setting up processing plant for large scale honey production was a viable option.

CEC Aemun was speaking yesterday at Lokichar in Turkana South Sub-County when he officially closed a week long capacity building workshop of frontline extension workers on Apiculture. The workshop was organized by County Livestock Production Directorate and National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project while GFA-GIZ organization facilitated consultants who taught the staff on Apiculture value chain.

The County Executive stated that the Government will review the draft livestock policy so as to strengthen the apiculture component. He said that the honey production was a worth enterprise to invest on because of its ready market and the favorable weather in Turkana that could support its production.

On his part, County Chief Officer for Fisheries, Livestock Production and Veterinary Services Abdullahi Yusuf said that Apiculture value chain hadn’t been fully tapped in the region because of some cultural beliefs associated with it.

CO Abdullahi said that honey production offered an alternative source to Livestock and Agriculture farming which are components of food security which is included in the second County Integrated Development Plan(CIDP). He appreciated NARIGP and GIZ-GFA organization for supporting the County Government on implementation of the security agenda and assured of the department support on other value chains.

Livestock Production Director Bobby Ekadon said that distribution of livestock feeds to hard-hit areas by drought would begin in the next few weeks. Restocking of goats and sheep will also be done in Lobokat and Kaputir Wards.

Last month, the County Government and World Food Programme distributed 650 bee hives to 13 producer groups under the Sustainable Food System Programme (SFSP). The County Government is focused to strengthen honey production to provide an alternative source of income and reduce pressure of dependence on ruminant livestock as a main source of livelihood.

CEC AEMUN CALLS FOR A SHIFT ON LIVESTOCK PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMMES

Lodwar, 15th September- Partners engaged in livestock production sector in Turkana have been urged to change tact in implementation of the livelihoods programmes noting to ensure they address challenges facing pastoralists in the region.

Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries County Executive Philip Aemun has stated that the County Government will be engaging more partners to revitalize sustainable livelihoods programs and livestock production to uplift the socio-economic welfare of the pastoralists. This he said will be achieved through increased productivity and profitability on livestock products as well as market linkages in and outside the county.

CEC Aemun said that there was need for partners to align their programs with the County Government Integrated Development Plan(CIDP) especially under the component of food security, to ensure that they are impactful and cover all parts of Turkana to avoid concentrating them in one location.

The County Executive was speaking today in Lodwar when he flagged-off veterinary teams and vaccines meant for vaccination and treatment of goats and sheep that will be undertaken in Turkana West Sub-County.

CEC Aemun lauded Lokado for supporting treatment of livestock through of Sh600,000 funding, commending the cross-border element in the program for its potential to enhance effective livestock treatment and prevention of livestock diseases outbreaks along the Kenya,Uganda border.

He informed the delegation present, which included representatives from GIZ and Concern World Wide Organisation, of the County Government’s readiness to test and handle any case of livestock diseases through the Veterinary Laboratory in Lodwar as well as tracking of diseases through the e-surveillance system.

The County Government has provided vehicles, technical staff and veterinary supplies worth Sh1.2million and is targeting more than 40,000 goats and sheep in Turkana West Sub-County.

County Chief Officer for Fisheries, Livestock production and Veterinary Services Abdullahi Yussuf, while assuring of the Department’s commitment to engage livestock partners on productivity and treatment, noted that there was need to pool resources to enhance animal health in the region.

Lotus Kenya Action for Development organization (LOKADO) is a local Non-governmental organisation, formed in 2007 to improve livelihoods, well-being and food and nutrition of competing groups of agrop-pastoralist communities in Arid and Semi-Arid areas of Kenya,Uganda and Ethiopia.

Through the Global Resilience Strengthening of the Agro-Pastoralist Livelihoods in East Africa (SRAPLEA), LOKADO in collaboration with the County Veterinary Directorate will be facilitating staff for an eight-day vaccination and treatment of sheep and goats activities in Letea and Kalobeyei wards.

Others who spoke included County Directors Charles Ekai(Resource mobilization) and Dr. Benson Longor(Veterinary Services),Bobby Ekadon(Livestock Production) and Turkana West Sub-County administrator Joshua Napocho.

Also present were Deputy Directors Geoffrey Apedor(Administration), Dr. Jane Akale(Veterinary Services), John Eipa(Range Management) and Namwaya(Fisheries).

County Government staff drawn from the Pastoral Economy department attended the event held this morning at Mifugo Complex.

SONGOT COMMUNITY AGREES TO GAZETTEMENT

The Songot community will be heavily involved in the demarcation exercise to map the area to be gazetted to conserve and protect the Songot Ranges, said County Executive Committee (CEC) of Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources George Emoru.

Speaking to the community leaders at Songot in Turkana West Sub-county, CEC Emoru appreciated the community for agreeing to the gazettement as it will benefit the community directly with jobs as well as attract investors.

“The county government, with our partner Mercy Corps, will also be there to support you [Songot community] to restore the degraded sites by tree planting and pasture,” he said. “This will mitigate against climate change as Songot Ranges is a major water catchment in Turkana West.”

The Songot gazettement process began last year with the community sensitisation exercises on the importance of gazetting being held periodically.

As Pauline Ngoli Pusiye, Deputy Director of Natural Resources pointed out that public participation is essential to enlightening the communities on the benefits of the county government projects.

She also urged the youth representatives present to take the message of the importance and benefits of the gazzettement back to their villages.

Kenya Forest Service’s Inspector Bernard Kisanya said that the community will be responsible in managing its conservation and protection as they will be free to enter and graze in the gazetted area.

In his remarks the Songot Member of the County Assembly (MCA) and Leader of Majority, Hon. Bethel Kobongin, said that the gazettement will give the county government the directive to support the community in its effort to conserve and protect the ranges.

The Chair of Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources committee at the County Assembly and MCA Lokori, Hon. Daniel Emekwe  echoed the same and urged the community to embrace the gazettement.

In attendance were MCAs – Hon. Cosmas Longor (Nanam), Hon. Rebecca Akeno Elim (nominated) and Hon. Angeline E. Lokaala (nominated) and the area wards administrators and chiefs.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS TRAINED ON EVACUATION AND PREPOSITIONING AT TIMES OF TURKWEL DAM SPILLAGE

International Organization for Migration (IOM) with County Government today held an evacuation
and prepositioning training for County Administrators in readiness incase of Turkwel Dam spill over.
The training exercise is a collaborative initiative between the County department of disaster and
IOM to prepare Administrators incase of the Dam over flow which the metre reading is getting
worse day by day.
The training comes at a time when Turkwel dam is expected to fill to its full supply level of 1150
metres and spill over.
Guided by Yoko Fujimura, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Head of Sub-Office, the
Administrators have been trained on mitigation, contingency plans, coordination and Management
of disasters, data collection and reporting, sectorial needs at times of disasters as well as advocacy
and resource mobilization among others.
The training is to inform Administrators on their obligations with a basis on how they should
implement the mitigation plan.
In the event of a spill, the county government estimates that 300,000 people will be displaced,
damage to irrigation schemes and infrastructure, loss of lives and livelihoods and Sub mergence of
key towns across the river basin including Lodwar.
Even as the spillage is likely to occur, the department of disaster still endeavours to continue
sensitizing residents living downstream as it capacity builds administrators, Chiefs, religious and
opinion lesders on applicable contingency plans.
The training brought together Administrators from the likely affected wards of Kaptir, Katilu,
Lobokat, Lobei, Turkwel, Kangatotha, Kerio, Kanamkemer and Lodwar Township as well as officers of
key sectors of Agriculture and Livestock, water, Lands, Infrastructure, health and Disaster
Management that will directly or indirectly be affected.

CEC AEMUN TOURS TURKANA EAST TO INSPECT CONSTRUCTION OF WATER PAN IN NAKUKULAS

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.

 

YOUTH UNDERGO TRAINING ON GROUND ANTI-LOCUST SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL

YOUTH UNDERGO TRAINING ON GROUND ANTI-LOCUST SURVEILLANCE AND CONTROL

KAKUMA , 17th July 2020 (Governor’s Press Service)— A three-day training of 50 youth drawn from Turkana West was concluded in Kakuma; in a ceremony presided over by Chief Officer for Agriculture, Land Reclamation, Dr. Jacob Lolelea. The youth were picked from the seven wards of the sub-county.

The training is aimed at instilling skills and knowledge to enable the youth tackle desert locust that has invaded parts of Turkana County.

The initiative targets 50 youth from Turkana North, Turkana West and Turkana Central. In his remarks Dr. Lolelea lauded the County Government for being the first in the entire country to train youth on how to handle and eliminate desert locust, saying they are creating job opportunities for youth in the county.

He urged the youth to embrace this initiative and stated that the ground surveillance teams will be critical to eradicate the pests.

The Field Coordinator of Peace Winds Japan, said that the project is targeting 30 sites based on needs and they are procuring Ultra Low Volume (ULV) spray pumps, dry cell battery, and personal protective equipment to the county and sub-county locust control team.

The project is aimed at improving nutrition of children and food security in Turkana and Kalobeyei Integrated settlement and minimizing damages on pastures and agriculture land.

The team is expected to conduct Surveillance and ground spraying with hand held ULV sprayers once they finish the training.

The Director for Administration in the ministry, Rachel Aroo called on the youth to take their work seriously in the fight against locust that will help the County Government to safeguard livelihoods by protecting grassland and food crops from locusts.

Present during the training were Kakuma Ward Administrator Zecharia Lotuk and host of County Government officials.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO REVIVE STALLED IRRIGATION SCHEMES

County Chief Officer for Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Dr. Jacob Lolelea, has said that the Agriculture department will put focus on reviving and sustaining all stalled irrigation schemes along the riverine areas as part of its efforts to increase crop production and achieve food security agenda.

He said utilisation of the arable land and rehabilitation of farm infrastructure in the stalled irrigation schemes would aid self-reliance on farm produce and end dependence on relief food.

Dr. Lolelea spoke today at Nakwamoru, Kaputir ward when he chaired a meeting with farmers, area leaders and the contractor on resumption of rehabilitation works of Nakwamoru irrigation scheme.

The scope of the work include rehabilitation of the intake structure deck and gates, construction of upstream and downstream river bank gabion protection as well as fencing of the farm .

In his remarks, CO Lolelea assured the farmers of the County Government’s commitment to work closely with the community and the contractor to ensure that the rehabilitation works are completed soon for its operationalisation.

He said that completion of the works will enhance farm productivity through realignment of infrastructure to re-direct adequate water flow into the intake structure even during low peaks.

On disputes between the contractor and the community, the Chief Officer urged farmers to use the necessary administrative channels to ease and speed completion of the rehabilitation works.  He noted that the department will station an additional tractor in Turkana South Sub-County to help tilling and other farm works.

CO Lolelea challenged the contractor to consult the community on local design that were used traditionally to control flow of water to the farmers and warned against shoddy jobs as there will close monitoring by the irrigation department.

The contractor will also do desilting of lined main canal, on-farm bush clearing, compaction of trapezoidal earth sections and feeder canals in the 180 hectares farm.

County Director for Irrigation and Land Reclamation Lotome Chammah said that the contractor had committed to complete the work before September this year. He added that construction of an aqueduct across the main canal will protect the structure against flash floods that have in past destroyed crops.

Kaputir Ward Member of County Assembly Shadrack Lodonga, who was also present, said that insecurity had in the past affected farming in the area.

He stated that farmers were ready to go back to the farms once rehabilitation works are complete.