Livestock and Fisheries Principal Secretary Prof Fred Segor has called upon Baringo County Government to align its development plans towards attaining Vision 2030 goals to realize faster development.
Prof Segor said that aligning the Medium Term Plans (MTPs) and Vision 2030 with the County’s Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) would move the country through one development agenda.
He noted that Baringo County had achieved tremendous development during the Second Medium Term Plan period which ends this month as demonstrated by connection of electricity to many homes, trading centres and learning institutions in rural areas which is expected to spur economic growth.
The PS made the call Monday when he presided over the Third MTP 2018- 2022 County Consultation Forum held at the Kenya School of Government (KSG), Baringo.
Prof Segor noted that infrastructure in the County in terms of roads had greatly improved in the past four years of Jubilee Administration as manifested by the construction of Kipsaraman- Bartabwa and the Oinobmoi-Barwesa roads expected to be commissioned anytime while Mogotio- Lake Bogoria and Karandi-Mochongoi were other critical roads whose constructions would kick off next financial year.
However, the PS said insecurity remained a major challenge in the county during the period under review as it impacted negatively on investment growth in sectors such as tourism since visitors were scared of touring the area due to hostile environment.
The insecurity menace, he added, also limited the general working of the residents as most of them had fled their homes and were living at internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, a situation which has reduced the people to mere paupers.
The Livestock boss also stated that the County failed to attain its Second Medium Term projected 10 per cent GDP growth due to several factors such as insecurity, slow growth in the manufacturing sector and adverse weather patterns which affected the agricultural sub sector among other external factors.
Mr. Segor outlined some of the measures that the government has put in place to achieve the planned 2030 target to include putting more land under irrigation to ensuring that farmers did not rely on rain fed agriculture for food production and setting up of multimillion mega water dams.
In Baringo County, he stated, the National Government has released funds for the construction of water dams in Mogotio, Baringo North and Amaya in East Pokot to enable the local people access clean and safe drinking water for domestic use and also for practicing small scale sprinkler irrigated farming.
The forum was attended by area County Commissioner Peter Okwanyo, County Executive Committees (CEC) and various stakeholders from the six Sub-counties.
Source: Kenya News Agency