The Kenyan government has announced plans to invest more than Ksh.700 million in crucial projects within the Kerio Valley region.
Mark Chesergon, Chairperson of the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) board said the Weiwei irrigation scheme and Lomut will promot the growth of the agriculture sector in the area.
One of the key components of these projects is the revamping of water supply infrastructure. This is essential to ensure that households in the Kerio Valley have access to clean water for both domestic use and irrigation.
West Pokot County, where the Kerio Valley is located, has long been grappling with water shortages, forcing residents to travel long distances in search of this essential resource. This challenge exposes them to security risks, given the prevalent cases of banditry in the region.
By addressing the water scarcity issue, the government’s investment in the Kerio Valley projects aims to enhance food security in the region.
The fertile land in the area has the potential to support year-round agricultural production, but water scarcity has been a major obstacle.
However, with the completion of the government-funded project facilitated through KVDA, hundreds of households in the Kerio Valley now have access to water for both domestic and irrigation purposes.
Lomut irrigation scheme, for example, has enabled pastoralists in the region to shift from heavy reliance on livestock to diversified crop production, thanks to the availability of water.
President William Ruto’s administration is focusing on improving water supply infrastructure and promoting agriculture will not only enhance food security but also contribute to the overall economic growth of the Kerio Valley.
Besides the agricultural benefits, these projects also have a positive impact on reducing insecurity in the region. By providing households with access to clean water and enabling diversified crop production, the projects reduce the need for residents to travel long distances in search of water, thus minimizing their exposure to security risks.