The former Assistant Minister, Danson Mungatana on Saturday pledged to revolutionize the economy of Tana River County through agriculture, livestock and fisheries development if elected governor.
Mungatana said the county was endowed with resources that if properly tapped would liberate its residents from abject poverty that has been synonymous with the county.
Speaking during his final campaign rally at the Bayusuf Grounds in Hola Town, the aspirant said his government would invest in mechanized agriculture through utilizing water from River Tana.
We shall buy tractors and put enough funds for mechanized agriculture, he said, adding, We shall organize farmers in groups through which we shall provide farm inputs such as fertilizers, quality seeds and pesticides.
He said his administration would employ agricultural extension officers to educate farmers on modern farming techniques as well as look for markets for local farm produce such as mangoes.
Mungatana promised that although he was from the farming community, his administration would be pastoralist-friendly by providing adequate medicine and vaccines free of charge.
We want to ensure Tana River has a reputation of producing and selling high quality livestock and their products in and outside Kenya, he said.
The former assistant Minister also added that should he be elected, his administration would build cattle dips and crushes for livestock keepers as well as provide livestock insurance through organized groups of pastoralists to compensate them during losses due to drought and other calamities.
He said his administration would build milk processing plants and storage facilities as well as build milk collection centres to enable pastoralists have access markets for their milk. Milk would be sold through groups, he said.
The former Garsen Member of Parliament said he would buy trawlers for fishermen to enable them benefit from marine resources which he said were benefitting fishermen from other countries.
We shall buy at least two trawlers at Sh 35 million each and hand them over to groups of fishermen to compete with foreign vessels that have been exploiting marine resources in Kipini, he said.
Mungatana said his administration would work towards the provision of modern fishing gear, including motorized boats to help stop over dependence on canoes and other small vessels.
He said small traders would be organized in groups and provided with interest-free credit through the inuka fund.
Source: Kenya News Agency