Residents of Moiben’s Ranymoi village are upbeat that a dam whose desilting works have started will greatly leverage on their irrigation activities.
The residents have been doing vegetables, tomatoes, and several other forms of diversification.
Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH, commissioned desilting works for Ranymoi dam, with the newly bought desilting equipment embarking work on the water reservoir that will benefit up to 900 households, including schools and health facilities.
“Water is among priorities of my agendas this term. It is my vision to have all households connected to water,” said Mandago during the groundbreaking.
He added that solar energy will be used to pump water so that residents access to water at cheaper costs.
Mandago also said: “…let us also do diversification and do dairy farming. This water should be utilized to the maximum.”
The residents stay upbeat that they will be able to increase their acreage on irrigation, most saying they can’t wait to fetch the water.
“We managed to do irrigation with the little water we had and with the coming of this water project, our lives will transform completely, reliable clean water will help us realize great economic growth,” says one of the residents who spoke.
The County Government is spearheading the desilting of over 300 dams and drilling boreles in villages, the program targetting to connect all households to piped water and at the same time advancing the crop diversification through irrigated agriculture.
To make this vision a success, the County recently acquired water and agricultural equipment worth over 400 million.
MCAs Noah Kemboi (Moiben), Hillary Rono (Kipkenyo), Aileen Kendagor (Nominated), CECs, COs and other county staff attended the dam commissioning.
Later on in the afternoon, Governor Mandago gave a State of the County Address as he officially opened the County Assembly of Uasin Gishu.
In his speech, the Governor highlighted provision of water as among his intray activities in his second term as County boss.
He spoke about his administration’s intent to further better services in all other sectors, including increasing budgetary allocations for the Eldoret City Marathon is core aim is conservation of water sources.