Food & Water

The Governor launched the Ndengu Revolution initiative (Kiuutani Kya Uthui) in partnership with the Red Cross Kenya. At least 350,000 kg of certified Ndengu seeds were distributed to 184,000 households.

The County government instigated the tractor ploughing project to improve farming practices in the county. The initiative benefitted over 1000 farmers countywide.

The County Government distributed cotton, sorghum, and pasture seeds to farmers as an additional income generating scheme.

To increase accessibility of water by reducing the distance from 15km to 12km and increasing kilometres of pipeline

The County Government of Kitui is strengthening the agricultural and livestock sectors to boost food security and wealth creation in the county.

Noting that the five pillars in Kitui’s development manifesto are interlinked, water, agriculture and livestock development are key determinants of success in the other pillars of healthcare, women empowerment and wealth creation.

The Ndengu Revolution launched in October 2017 by Governor Charity Ngilu saw farmers harvest an estimated 49,000,000 kilos from the December rains. The commitment was inspired by the need to make Kitui a food producer from a perpetual food aid dependent county where residents queued for long hours at camps awaiting relief food.

The county is on the verge of attaining value addition of green grams towards utilization and economic enhancement of the product that does well in areas with low rainfall.

Kitui County Government is supporting farmers to ensure enough food is produced and also raise incomes through exploitation of available resources and modern technologies.

In efforts to help farmers actualize food security in the county, Governor Charity Ngilu launched mechanized farming that has seen farmers benefit in the entire county.

The county procured 33 ploughing tractors to strengthen the existing 7 with plans to offer subsidized services to farmers and ensure farmers in the 40 wards have access to modern farm ploughing services
and end reliance on oxen power.

The County Government mobilized 10 water bowsers which have been distributing water to the entire county. Rehabilitation of 60 out of 107 moribund boreholes commenced to serve water to 100,000 residents and 80,000 livestock.

  1. Drilling of boreholes across all wards where 12 are already completed
  2. Equipping of drilled boreholes in all wards and so far 11 complete 7 ongoing
  3. Pipeline extensions in all wards have been undertaken totaling to 13 complete and 20 ongoing.
  4. Construction of earth dams/pans and rock catchments in all wards except Township whereby 14 are complete and 14 ongoing
  5. Construction of sand/subsurface dams in all wards with 54 complete and 29 ongoing.
  6. Supply and installation of 10,000 litre plastic water tanks in all wards totaling to 1,010 supplied and installed while 262 is ongoing.
  7.  Continuous repairs and maintenance of 121 water supplies in order to tame constant breakdowns serving 100,000 people and 45,000 livestock heads
  8. Subsidies to KITWASCO and KIMWASCO to ensure constant supply of water in Kitui and Mwingi towns (ongoing).
  9. Training was undertaken for 558 people drawn from all wards on operation, maintenance, and management of rural water schemes.
  10. Construction of two masonry storage tanks – 225,000 and 500,000 litres for the River Athi-Kanyangi-Mutomo water project

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