Residents of Kariti ward in Kirinyaga county on Thursday received water pipes following the revival of a stalled irrigation project.
Presenting the pipes, Governor Joseph Ndathi urged the residents to abandon illicit liquor brewing and drinking and take up farming.
“As a county government, we are committed to ensuring an enabling environment for all of you to improve your livelihoods,” he said.
Community leader Grace Wanyeki said the residents are looking forward to growing food crops, farming fish and keeping dairy cows.
“We are hardworking people but harsh climatic conditions and lack of irrigation water have been a great impediment,” she said.
The irrigation project in Thigirichi area, which stalled 10 years ago, was revived last weekend when Ndathi provided Sh2 million pipes bought through the county development fund.
Ndia MP Stephen Ngari chipped in with Sh1 million from his CDF.
Kariti ward, with a population of 30,000, has high poverty levels because the land is arid.
The illicit brew trade is the main economic activity, except in Mukui sublocation where some coffee is grown.
However, Mukui residents prefer to identify with their neighbours in Mathira, Nyeri county.
“Some have IDs that say they come from Mathira,” Kariti chief Samuel Karunditu said.