Thirsty Garissa res­i­dents get 3 water pans

Each will pro­vide 20,000 cu­bic me­tres of water. They’ll take a month to fill up

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Three water pans will be ex­ca­vated in Fafi and Ijara sub­coun­ties, two ar­eas worst hit by drought. The Kenya Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­tiv­ity Pro­gramme launched the ex­ca­va­tion yes­ter­day.

Co­or­di­na­tor Jelle Ibrahim said it will take at least a month for the three pans to fill with water. He urged the com­mu­nity to fence the water pans to keep away an­i­mals.

“The pro­gramme is meant to build the re­silience of the peo­ple so that they can de­velop their own cop­ing mech­a­nisms and utilise nat­u­ral re­sources,” he said.

Agri­cul­ture ex­ec­u­tive Sophia Omar urged res­i­dents to plant veg­eta­bles and fruit trees. She said the pans will each con­tain 20,000 cu­bic me­tres of water. Omar said the gov­ern­ment will build a few dams for fish farm­ing.

The two spoke at Ruqa water pan, where Jelle launched ex­ca­va­tion. The project will cost Sh4.6 mil­lion. Kenya Live­stock Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil chair­man Du­bat Hamey said the water pans will im­prove liveli­hoods as they will serve live­stock as well.

“The youth and women will have more time to do things other than think­ing of where to get water for do­mes­tic use and their an­i­mals. The pan is unique be­cause it owned by the peo­ple and looked af­ter by the peo­ple,” he said.


A woman fetches water for do­mes­tic use at a water pan in the out­skirts of Hu­lugho town, Garissa county, on Sep­tem­ber 26

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