UNESCO Geoparks Committee in Baringo to map Geopark sites and features
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization National committee is in Baringo County to map all the sites and features that have been earmarked to the UNESCO Geoparks list.
The committee led by Dr. Emma Mbua visited Simot falls in Ossen, Releng hot springs in Saimo Kipsaraman ward, stone frog in Bartabwa, Kipsaraman museum and Ngenyin fossil site inBaringo North, Kipngochoch God’s window, Moroptarambas conservancy and Tenges quarry in Baringo Central and Paka hills and Lomechan Cave in Tiaty sub county.
The team leader Dr. Mbua said they are in the county for ten days to document the various features found in Baringo and update in their UNESCO geoparks database.
According to William Kimosop, the chief warden, Baringo is endowed with a wide range of features that if tapped well can generate income which will in turn improve the counties coffers and trickle back to wananchi inform of projects and other services.
“We are lucky as county to have such a terrain, nice caves, hot springs, wide variety of bird species, unique species of giraffes among many other features that if well marketed and tapped will bring fame and money to our great county,” said Kimosop.
Baringo County Director of Tourism Evans Kipturko welcomed the decision by UNESCO to include Baringo as a Geopark adding that it shall place Baringo in the global map thus increasing the opportunity of Baringo gaining popularity and recording an influx in the number of tourists and education researchers visiting the county.
Other members of the committee include Dr. artero who is the head of science division, Wanjogu a geologist from the ministry of mining, Dr. George Eshimwate, Dr. Olago from a geologist from Nairobi University, and William Kimosop North rift Chief warden.
The team will tomorrow continue with their visits to the lower parts of Baringo South among them Ruko Conservancy, Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria.
Community farming groups trained on climate smart agriculture
In order to increase agricultural productivity, build resilience to climate change risk and mitigate effects of greenhouse gases emissions (GHS) from key and micro sources, Baringo County government in partnership with World Bank is implementing a Kenya Climate Smart Agricultural Programme(KCSAP).
The five-year program fully funded by World Bank seeks to address challenges arising from global warming faced by communities particularly farmers.
The project dubbed Kenya Adaptation to Climate Change in ASALs which costs Kshs 152million and targeting 300 community formed groups that have a common interest.
According to the Coordinator of the project in Baringo County Bett, they are currently training farmers drawn from 24 zones of the six Wards; -Tenges, Mogotio, Koibatek, Kapropita, Emining and Lembus Perkerra that have been selected to pilot the project.
Bett explains that the project targets to exploit three value chains; Dairy, Poultry and selected orphan crops.
Community registered groups of 20-30 farmers will be formed which can be an existing group or newly formed as well as a strengthened one to generate proposals that will concentrate on either dairy farming, indigenous chicken rearing, growing green grams or sorghum.
Their proposals from the groups will be received and vetted by a 13 member County Community Integrated Action Plan Committeethat will be formed by the community at Ward level through a participatory process where it will comprise of four farmers that represent the four value chain sectors, one member representing the vulnerable i.e. PWDs, minority and marginalized communities and two persons from each zone,
Because it is a community driven project, they are now training farmers to be able to generate Community Integrated Action Plan (CIAP) that will focus on actionable interventions on climate change adaption.
The Coordinator said they are carrying out intervention on water and soil management, rangeland rehabilitation, access to quality livestock service, value addition and post harvest management implemented by producer organizations,
County Agricultural Statistic Officer Walter Kiplagat while training some of the farmer representatives in Koibatek Agricultural Farmers Training Centre observed that unlike the past projects implemented by development partners, they are training farmers on utilizing technology to enhance efficiency and increase productivity to minimize cost of production.
There three funding windows of the project; the community groups where they receive a grant of between Kshs 300,000 upto one million but are required to contribute 10% of the total grant awarded to the interest group. Besides, Persons living with disabilities, marginalized communities and special groups will be exempted from the 10%.
Second window focuses on supporting sub projects that can either be generated at Sub County or county level.
It must be a priority project generated through public participation like drilling of boreholes, water harvesting structures, AI services, vaccination of livestock, construction of roads that spur economic impact among many other projects. This can attract a grant of between Kshs 20million upto 50million. The departments may also identify a project from the CIDP. This also requires County government to contribute 20% of the total grant awarded.
The final window is private-public partnership where the development partner will support private entities that grow and promote the value chain. These are firms or producer organizations that bridge the gap between them and the farmers particularly on provision of marketing services.
“The last window which concentrates on private-public partnershiprequires farmers to contribute 50 percent of these funds for the development,” explained the Statistical Officer.
He also encouraged farmers on the adoption of green energy sources especially solar, biogas, windmill and geothermal power which helps reduce effects of global warming.
Validation process of the priority projects are currently ongoing to establish the interest areas forwarded by farmers for action plan.
HEALTH SERVICES IN BARINGO REFFERAL HOSPITALGETS A BOOST FROM THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.
Baringo county government in collaboration with the national government, today commissioned a renal unit, theatre among other hospital equipment like vehicles, vaccines and mosquito nets at Kabarnet referral hospital.
Speaking in the event, Baringo county governor H.E. Stanley Kiptis stated that it is the responsibility of the county government and the national government to ensure that residents get quality and affordable health care services.
The governor added that the equipment will help in the provision of health care systems in the county as they will improve the health indicators, He stated that the county government is geared towards primary healthcare that is preventive and curative healthcare services.
“county government is geared towardsimproving health services to all residents and that my administration will ensure that everyone access medication as it is theirconstitutional right.” Said Kiptis
Kiptis noted that community health workers are important segment in terms of health service delivery, therefore, the county government is committed to strengthen and accommodate them in health centres and the clinic.
Governor Kiptis alsoapplauded the national government for their support saying that the vaccines will go a long way in ensuring that the residents of Baringo county gets vaccination against the Malaria menace hence reducing deaths caused by the disease.
Baringo governor H.E Stanley Kiptis with Cabinet Secretary for Health Cecily Karuiki visits a sick Patient at Baringo referral hospital when the later officiated the commissioning of the various health equipment within the facility.
The health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki who officiated the commissioning of the equipment,said that the national government is ready to support the county government in ensuring that the citizen have access to quality and affordable medication.” the national government is ready to support and partner with the county government in ensuring that all the citizens in this country have access to affordable health care as stated in the jubilee big 4 for Agenda.” Said the cabinet Secretary.
All these efforts engaged by the county government is aimed at ensuring that no one suffers from or succumbs to any preventable or curative disease because it is the mandate of the county government and National government to ensure that they provide affordable health care.
Launching of Baringo County Geographical Information System (GIS)Lab
Baringo becomes the first County in Kenya to install and operationalize a fully equipped modern Geographical Information System (GIS) lab at the County headquarters.
While officiating the launch of the facility which was made possible through support fromFood and Agriculture Programme (FAO) and European Union (EU),Baringo County GovernorH.E Stanley Kiptis said that thiswas a strategic investment which will help his administration in land adjudications, planning and mapping the entire county, formulation of land policies and digitization of land registry.
Governor Kiptis applauded FAO and EU for their continuous support especially on issues that enhance effective service delivery since that has always been his passion.
The organizations will also partner with county government to train more personnel on the utilization of GIS facilities as well as sensitize the community on its importance.
EU and World Bank are also key partners in the implementation of livestock and water provision programmes i.e. boreholes, pasture production and construction of Maoi slaughter house and Mogotio Tannery.
FAO Representative in Kenya Dr.Gabriel Rugalema commended Baringo County Government for creating the necessary environment that enabled them being facilitated to establish the GIS lab including employing and training the required personnel and providing a secure office space.
Dr. Rugalema explained that the establishment of the facility will assist County government departments collect geospatial information which will aid in critical decision making on planning,revenue collection and allocations, management of natural resources and create a database for any other pertinent information.
“This is in line with national government’s big FOUR agenda and also in realization of Vision 2030”, He added.
European Union Representative in Kenya David Mwangi said that GIS is not only about lands but will also help in various activities, including spatial plans, CIDP, infrastructure, Integrated Urban Development Plan (IUDP),education ,health among other departments of the county.
He urged County governments to set aside land banking for investment as well as set aside county digital resource centresthat will help youth and women access land and land information for investments.
Other Counties set to establish such labs include Nandi,West Pokot,Laikipia,Vihiga, Marsabit and Samburu
CEC in charge of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Elijah Koros expressed his happiness over realization of the GIS Lab saying that it will contribute immensely on mapping of County resources particularly road networks, watersupply structures, digitalization of land registry andcompleting theongoing integrated Urban Development plan (IUDP) of Kabarnet Municipality.
“Our target is to fully go digital as a department to create effective service delivery and efficiency in accessing information by our clients. Currently geospatial information is more accessible and we are planning to carry out sensitization of the general public on the importance of the GIS system” Kipkoros explained.
Fixing infrastructure for economic growth
On roads and infrastructure, the County government is building on a vision of providing functional infrastructure to support County’s socio-economic development. It is a fact that a thrive in tourism, marketing of goods, labour mobilization, industrialization, mineral and energy exploitation, agricultural and other economic activities ride on good infrastructure. It is therefore central to direct collective focus towards the development of this critical sector.
It is gratifying to note that over time, the department of roads has managed to open up more than 1,815 km of rural roads and maintained another 1,417 km across the County. This has eased movement of people and goods thus accelerate economic development.
For the County to create a conducive environment for business and attract investment in its urban centers the department of roads and infrastructure has since upgraded to bitumen standards 0ver 40 Km of urban roads across major towns in the County. Additionally, the department has acquired 14 road equipment machineries and 38 crossing structures including footbridges (Sambaka, Sokotek, Chepturut and Otwe among many others) many box culverts, and major drifts have been constructed since 2013 and has improved mobility of people and goods more so during rainy season .In the 2018/2019 financial year the roads department has earmarked to acquire 2 excavators to assist in opening up of roads and desilting water pans. Also 64 street lights and floodlights have been erected and installed in urban centres mainly Sub County headquarters.
Furthermore, tarmacking of half a Km of road in four of County’s towns namely Mogotio, Eldama Ravine, Chemolingot and Kabartonjo have just been completed and the contractors who are on site for the other two that is Kabarnet and Marigat have been directed to ensure they complete within the stipulated time. The County will also add another half a Km at Mogotio,Marigat,Chemolingot and Kabarnet as well as re-carpet the pilled off Torongo centre tarmac in the 2018/2019 financial year.
The department has so far spent close to 180 million in tarmacking roads in County’s urban centers, and shall continue to allocate more resources to this initiative until all our sub County headquarters boasts of modern infrastructure which will in turn attract investment and create jobs for the people.
The department also launched Immarisha Barabara in April last year, an initiative to maintain and improve over 600 Km of road network across the County,20 Km per ward. at least 20 wards have been done with, and the rest of the work in the other wards will be implemented in due course. One of the milestones realized through the initiative is connecting of security roads,Barbarchun –Chemoe road which aided in recovery of livestock which bandits stole by security agencies.
To avoid the issue of roll over which has been the greatest challenge to our development agenda, roads department has finalized procurement of 50% of 2018/2019 projects and the rest are at various stages of implementation.
To improve our level of service delivery to our residents the department of transport and infrastructure is putting up an ultramodern office complex at Kabarnet. Once completed all services for the department will be offered under one roof, thus saving wananchi time and resources that they could have incurred when seeking for services.
A Road Grader tarmacking road at Kabartonjo town in Baringo North Sub County.
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