Narok residents have prioritized agriculture, infrastructure and water in the 2018 to 2022 Third Medium Term Plan (MTP 3).
The residents noted that the County was rich in agriculture but they could not benefit from it fully because of lack of infrastructure and water during dry seasons.
Various representatives from the National Government, County Government, civil society, Non-Governmental institutions and religious leaders were speaking on Monday at a Narok hotel during a forum geared towards giving views to develop the county’s Third Medium Term Plan of the Kenya Vision 2030.
The Principal Secretary (PS) State Department of Environment and Regional Development Authorities, Charles Sunkuli who graced the occasion said the issues raised by residents would help in prioritizing development agenda for the next five years.
We are here to ensure that the locals are brought on board to put in their opinions and issues in the planning process, he said.
Sunkuli, who hails from the county, said agriculture and water were key drivers of the area’s economy as they gave room to creation of jobs and boost the livelihood of the locals.
Narok East Sub-County Commissioner, Arthur Bunde who represented the County Commissioner, Moffat Kangi said the MTP 3 helped in planning for major projects to be implemented as per the priorities and benefit of the residents.
Transmara East Sub-County Administrator, Ms. Nancy Mutai said the County would generate more revenue if markets were expanded and accessible to farmers.
We should empower farmers by building processing plants for milk, hides and skins, meat, potatoes, wheat, and maize. By doing this, our farmers will sell their produce at a higher price and this will motivate them to produce more, she argued.
Ms. Mutui added that expanding agriculture would help in creating more of job opportunities to many youths in the County.
Narok County Director of Planning and Economics, Duke Gekera said the County had implemented a high percentage of the Second Medium Term Plan (MTP 2).
From the onset of devolution, 579 schools have been funded with Shs.34, 740, 000 for renovation and building new classrooms in Narok County, said Gekara.
He also revealed that pupil completion rate had increased from 78 to 82 percent.
The Economist added that from 2014 to date, 30, 514 new households and 514 schools had been connected with electricity in Narok County.
There has been periodical maintenance of the 89 kilometer Narok � Maai Mahiu road, he added.
A youth representative Ms. Elizabeth Macharia called for construction of mega dams near Narok town, Suswa area in Narok East and Narosura area in Narok South where floods were common during rainy season.
If we manage to capture these waters, our farmers can comfortably use it for irrigation throughout the year. We will have enough food for our people and a lot to sell to outside counties, she said.
Ms. Macharia observed that the main challenge to people living at the grassroots was water and prolonged dry seasons that led pastoralists’ communities to keep on moving from one place to another looking for pasture for their animals.
Sufficient balanced diet will help in child brain development which is key in education. Our children will remain in school throughout the term and perform better, she said.
Source: Kenya News Agency