Big four agenda still on course-Government

Big four agendaMaize plantations at the Galana/Kulalu food security project

The government’s big four agenda is alive and on course, Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has said.

Oguna who toured several big four agenda projects in the coast region dismissed claims that the government has abandoned the big four agenda.

Speaking at the Galana Kulalu food security project on Sunday, Oguna said in the coast region only, there are over 450 projects under the big four agenda.

He urged leaders insinuating that the big four agenda has been abandoned to visit the projects and stop commenting from a point of ignorance.

“These projects are in different stages. Some are complete while others are ongoing. The Baricho bridge is currently 75 per cent complete. Once complete the project will ease the transport challenges between Malindi and Magarini sub-counties. I also visited the Baricho lot three water project which has boosted the water supply in both Kilifi and Mombasa counties,” said Oguna

Engineer Alex Wainaina, the officer in charge of the Galana Kulalu food security project said currently, there are 1500 acres under maize in the project.

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The maize is staggered in different stages of development.

“We are still tilling more acres to reach 5000. We want to have maize all the time. We have maize that will be ready for harvest in a month while some will be ready in three months. We are also doing trials of various maize varieties and other crops,” said Wainaina

 Other crops currently being grown in the project include BT cotton, Pawpaw, Oranges, Bananas, coconut, cashew nut, sugar cane and pineapples.

The project produced 90, 000 bags of 90kgs each during the last harvest.

Workers picking cotton at the Galana/Kulalu food security project

Coast waterworks development agency engineer Robert Ojwang said currently the two counties are served by nine boreholes with a daily yield of 10 million litres of water each.

“For lot three we did a new pipeline to Malindi and Kilifi towns. This means we have separate pipelines serving Kilifi and Mombasa. Mombasa gets 50 million litres per day from Baricho. This is not sufficient at the moment. We are working to revive three boreholes that were damaged during last years floods,” said Ojwang

Oguna said water scarcity in the coast region will be addressed once the Mwache multi-purpose dam development project in Kwale County is completed.

Mwache dam is expected to harness floodwaters from Mwache River basin in Kinango Sub County and help tackle persistent water shortages in the coastal region.

It will be an 87.5 meter-tall concrete gravity dyke, producing 118 million cubic meters for water supply and irrigation and is expected to boost the water supply for Kwale and Mombasa counties.

The massive dam when complete is also expected to put 2,600 hectares of land under irrigation in Kwale County.

“When this dam is completed, water from Baricho will serve only Kilifi county. This will be sufficient,” he said

He also toured education complex projects at Pwani University and the Malindi-Salagate road

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