PRINCIPAL SECRETARY AND HEAD OF PUBLIC SERVICE VISITS TO ASSESS PROGRESS OF REHABILITATION WORKS AT TDIPTarda
The overarching mission of the Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA) is to facilitate integrated planning and coordination of development initiatives across the expansive Tana and Athi River Basins. TARDA’s mandate extends to the implementation of Projects that focus on the responsible utilization and protection of the region’s invaluable water and soil resources.
In alignment with the significant presidential directive aimed at enhancing food security within our nation, TARDA is actively engaged in a critical Project. This initiative involves the extensive rehabilitation of the Kitere-Sailoni water channel. This canal spans a substantial 43 kilometers, and its restoration serves as a pivotal step in ensuring the sustainable flow of water from the mighty Tana River. Notably, TARDA has strategically positioned the new off-take channel merely 150 meters from the previous off-take location, effectively optimizing the distribution of this precious resource.
The meticulous distillation of the Canal is a complex undertaking, with the primary focus positioned 20 kilometers downstream. This intricate process underscores TARDA’s commitment to preserving and enhancing the vital water resources of the region. It is an endeavor driven by a dedication to sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and the imperative goal of bolstering our nation’s food security.
TARDA’s multifaceted efforts, epitomized by the Kitere-Sailoni water channel rehabilitation Project, stand as a testament to our unwavering commitment to the holistic development of the Tana and Athi River Basins. These endeavors, grounded in precision and driven by purpose, are poised to leave a lasting impact on the region’s socio-economic landscape, fostering prosperity, resilience and environmental sustainability.
During the comprehensive inspection of the status of the rehabilitation works at the Project by Principal Secretary, State Department for Arid and Semi-Arid lands and Regional Development, Dr. Idris Dokota, emphasized the unwavering support of the Government for this transformative initiative. Beyond the provision of funds, the PS underscored the paramount importance of this Project in ensuring a sustainable and secure water supply, a critical factor in bolstering rice production. The Project’s primary goal is to fortify food security within the region, a mission of utmost significance in our nation’s developmental agenda.
Furthermore, the PS elucidated how this Project represents more than just an irrigation endeavor. It’s a catalyst for holistic community development. By involving the 17 communities residing along the canal, the Project extends its reach to encompass various smaller-scale Projects and programs. This comprehensive approach includes the installation of essential infrastructure like electricity, which not only improves the quality of life but also paves the way for economic growth. Importantly, the Project also serves as a cornerstone for enhanced security measures in the area, ensuring the safety and well-being of the communities it serves.
In addition to these transformative efforts, the Project’s scope encompasses the construction of vital bridges, strategically placed to facilitate the movement of school-going children and the broader community. These bridges serve as connectors, bridging gaps and fostering a sense of unity and accessibility for all residents, further enhancing the Project’s impact on the region.
It embodies a holistic vision for community empowerment, economic prosperity, enhanced security and educational advancement. As it progresses, it promises to be a beacon of sustainable development, catalyzing positive change for generations to come.