200 water projects completed in 3 years
In last three years, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has completed 200 water and sanitation projects, rehabilitated 410 rural water supplies and drilled and equipped 276 boreholes.These projects are now serving an additional two million people, part of the Ministry plan to increase coverage to over 50 percent of Kenya by end of June.
President Kenyatta recently commissioned KSHS 5 Billion Chemusus Dam that will serve approximately 350,000 people in Baringo and Nakuru counties.The dam has the capacity to store 12 million m3 of water capable of yielding 35,000 m3/day. At the Coast Mwache Dam which is under construction will Increase water production by 180,000m3 per day once complete.
In Ukambani Thwake dam will increase water to Makueni and Kitui Counties and Konza City, by 152,000, while construction of Itare Dam, which will produce 100,000 to serve 1,000,000 people in Nakuru County is underway.
Last year Kenya signed a KSH 34 Billion financing agreement with Italy’s BNP Paribas and Intesa San Paolo banks for the construction of Itare Dam in Kuresoi. The signing at State House Nairobi, was witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
Another major project is the Galana Kulalu irrigation project aimed at boosting Kenya’s food security.
While on a visit to Israel in February, President Kenyatta and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a deal for cooperation between the two countries in implementing the irrigation scheme.
Also, some of the dams the government revived include Umma in Kitui and Badasa in Marsabit.
Construction of the Mwea Thiba dam, funded by Japanese Government, is near completion it will boost rice farming.
In agriculture, the government has taken measures to address burdensome licensing fees and levies that are bottleneck particularly in sugarcane, tea and coffee farming.
The President has directed all coffee licensing fees and levies be waivered, this will increase revenues for coffee farmers by 4 percent.
He has also directed the Ministry of Agriculture, the Attorney General and the National Treasury to review sugar and tea levies.
Fertilizers subsidies, mechanization of agriculture and investment in market access are other key achievements of the Jubilee government in the past three years.
The government has so far spent Sh11.5 billion to ensure that farmers access quality and affordable fertilizer, more than 500,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer has been supplied countrywide, benefiting more than 500,000 households directly and another four million indirectly.
The subsidy programme includes affordable prices, farmers are buying DAP at Sh1,800 down from Sh3,300 and CAN at Sh1,500 down from Sh2,600.
Rice farmers in Mwea were some of the beneficiaries of the government’s mechanization projects, according to the ministry’s scorecard.
It acquired farm machineries including 70 combine harvesters, and supplied them at half price. The machines are operating in the Mwea Rice Irrigation Scheme, the ministry states.
The government has initiated the agriculture insurance and risk management program covering livestock and crops.
The programme launched this month in partnership with several insurers, is set to cushion farmers from losses occasioned by adverse weather conditions or diseases, said the ministry.
Dairy farmers have also benefited from milk coolers, pasteurisers ,cheese processing machines, milk processing plants, artificial insemination (AI) kits and animal feed processing equipment, among others.
The ministry has established 37 horticultural markets in different parts of the country at a cost of Sh1.6 billion.
The markets, according to the government, have seen 1.1 million farmers, traders and consumers benefit along the value chain with approximately 1.6 million metric tonnes of produce worth Sh64 billion traded.
The ministry has established mini-processing plants in Kakamega, Nyeri and Meru counties at a cost of Sh186 million to minimize post-harvest losses, stabilize commodity prices, and improve the quality of fish to consumers. More than 5,000 fish farmers are accessing reliable marketing outlets.
One of the Jubilee government’s success story is the Standard Gauge Railway which will reach Nairobi from Mombasa early next year ahead of schedule
The construction of the railway line, which started in December 2014,is 70 percent complete, the route is 472 Km long with a track length of 609 km between Nairobi and Mombasa.
In the last three years, the government has tarmacked about 3000km or an average of 1000km new roads a year.
Cabinet Secretary Transport and Infrastructure, James Macharia says 32 road are being rehabilitated and constructed to connect intercities and regions by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA).
“32 national trunk roads are being done in addition to the 4,100 km project” he stated.
Government has also accelerated the construction of the Port-Reitz - Airport Road in Mombasa, as well as the planned Dongo Kundu bypass.
Contractors are on the ground working night and day to complete a number of projects. In Marsabit: the road from Merrille River to Moyale. In Taita Taveta County: the road from Mwatate to Taveta. In Kilifi County: the Mariakani-Kaloleni-Kilifi road. In Migori County: the road from Kehancha to Suna to Masara. In Kajiado County: Isinya to Ngong. And, in Nairobi County: South C to Kikuyu town.
In February, the Government completed the expansion of two additional shipping berths in Mombasa, doubling total handling capacity to 1.6 million 20-foot containers a year.
In three years, Mombasa port has now moved up to 4th busiest port in Africa from 8th.
To consolidate Kenya’s as a region’s transport hub, passenger Air Terminal 2 at JKIA has been completed while two new ones 1A and 1E, will be commissioned next month.
The new terminals will increase passenger capacity by 5.1 million, bringing total capacity at JKIA to 7.5 million passengers a year.
To improve domestic travel, new airport facilities are at various stages of completion in Homa Bay, Isiolo,Manda in Lamu County,Malindi,Lokichoggio in Turkana County,Suneka in Kisii County,Kakamega and Mandera among others.
To enable direct flights from JKIA to the US all conditions put by the US Federal Aviation Administration to enhance airport security have been met.
What is remaining is the introduction of the Civil Aviation Amendment Bill 2015,which seeks to give full regulatory powers to the Director General of the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority as opposed to the Cabinet Secretary as is currently.
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