Busia County hosted the Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NELSAP) consultative meeting to address priority areas for Lower Nzoia and Nile Basin Initiative.
The meeting drew participants from Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Busia Acting County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment and Natural Resources Bernard Yaite said the meeting addressed priority areas for Busia County.
Yaite said the meeting discussed on various issues important to Busia. We want to see renewal of the sewerage facility in Busia to carter for increased population in the County.
” We want partnership in water projects, water for irrigation and domestic use. Multipurpose projects will help the county achieve its vision. This includes including hydro projects and mini and macro solar projects aimed at creating mini-grids within the county that can subsidize the pumping which is currently 100 per cent. Hybrid system is key where solar is used to pump water during the day and electricity at night. It will
Irrigation is key to sustainable food production and security. The dams that have been created, the physiographical survey that is being done will assist us in monitoring siltation and positions of dams so that they are sustainable.
Watershed management and conservation programs. In East African countries 3 per cent of any project allocation should go in conservation and rehabilitation of the environment. It is only through that we shall ensure sustainability of our catchment areas, rivers and be able to have water for use and reduce effects of climate change,” he said.
Yaite said water coverage in Busia was 23 per cent when the County Government took over but it now stands at 46%, adding that the target is to have it hit 60% within the next five years.
NELSAP Senior Economist and Monitoring and Evaluation specialist Emmanuel Chonza said the visit to Busia County Government was to finalize the consultative process of developing five- year strategic plan for NBI members including Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and DR Congo.
He said a consultant is consolidating the country’s specific inputs in the five-year strategic plan that will culminate in regional validation workshop to be communicated later.
Photo: Busia Acting County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment and Natural Resources Bernard Yaite and shakes hands with NALSEP Senior Economist and Monitoring and Evaluation specialist Emmanuel Chonza after a consultative meeting in Busia.