Kilifi Unveils Plans to Revamp Agriculture Sector
The Kilifi County government has planned to inject over KSh 5 billion to revamp and support fishery activities in the county.
In its County Integrated Management Plan (CIDP) 2018-2022 highlights flagship projects, the Governor Amason Kingi’s administration is targeting to develop fish ports, boat building yards and establish fishery control and surveillance units.
Already the county government has mooted plans to construct a Sh21 million worth boat building workshop in Malindi and carry out a feasibility study on the Blue Economy Initiatives along the coastline.
“To deliver on these, we intend to submit the Fisheries Management Bill, Animal disease control bill, Agriculture Licensing bill, and the Horticulture Development bill for approval before the County Assembly,” said the Governor.
Agriculture, livestock and fisheries activities directly impact over 60% of the population in the county. It is on this platform that Governor Kingi intends to develop the critical flagship projects before the expiry of his second term.
“My government plans to construct five water dams for both human and animal use in Malindi, Magarini, Ganze and Kaloleni at the cost of sh 50 million between this year and 2022,” he said.
Also included in the plans is putting more land under irrigation to mitigate unreliable and erratic rainfall patterns that have for a long time exposed the county to perennial droughts.
The administration has already initiated the County Irrigation Schemes Productivity Enhancement Programme and established a Cassava Processing Plant in Tezo Ward.
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