County roots for sustainable exploitation of surface water

There is need to set up a sustainable water programme for Turkana County through exploitation of its surface water, area Governor Josphat Nanok has said.

Nanok was speaking on Wednesday when he met a delegation from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and UNICEF at the County headquarters, where they emphasized on the need to exploit surface water to address scarcity of the commodity in the county.

Our discussions centred on a proposed partnership to strengthen resilience in response to natural disaster and climate change, through availability of ground water for domestic and livestock use, increased functionality of rural water points and strengthening of the community’s capacity to prepare and cope with droughts, said the governor.

The KOICA Country Director, Hyeyoung Shin said water sufficiency is a key pillar to the development of the County.

It will contribute to the modernization of the livestock sector by cutting the distance pastoralists travel in search of water, he said.

Meanwhile, movements through long distance ruins livestock industry, contributing to poor health of the livestock and making meat less palatable.

Thus, reducing the distance is the only way to commercialize livestock production in the area.

Source: Kenya News Agency