An irrigation project worth Sh 28m has been launched on a 33 acre piece of land donated by community at Lulu village in Samburu County as a way of boosting food security in the county.
The County’s Officer in charge of Agricultural engineering Mr Samwel Kirui said the project also aims at providing an alternative source of livelihood to locals who fully depends on livestock keeping.
“Mostly, they depend on animal food but food yielded from plants are usually sourced from far areas outside the county,
“We believe that initiating this project here will enable them get food, we expect that vegetables, tomatoes, onions and any other horticultural crop will be grown on this land,” he said.
Sixty four farmers with each being allocated half of an acre have been listed to directly work and benefit from the project.
The listed farmers will be supported in various ways in ensuring the project is successful to encourage other people in the region to adopt arable farming as an alternative source of livelihood.
“We have already bought seeds which we will distribute to farmers and agricultural field extension officers who will offer advice on the best farming practices,” Mr Kirui said.
Lulu Vilage administrator Mr Aziza Leparsaiya said people who recently settled in the area after they ordered by government to vacate Kirisia forest will benefit from the project.
Audi Bree International, a company that was contracted by Samburu county government to implement the project will supervise and offer free training to the community on how to manage the project for a period of six months.
“We will stay here for six more months correcting faults, we will also take two or three people from the community and teach them on how to do service and clean water pipes,” the project manager Mr Michale Omil said.
However residents have great hopes of using the project to yield enough food and boost income to improve their lives.
Pilet Lesingiran, unemployed university graduate hopes that the project will enable him and his peers to earn income as he looks for employment.
“There are many youths who are unemployed and we hope that availability of this project in the village will enable us improve our lives through horticultural farming,” he said.
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