Kenya plans to build dams to alleviate effects of drought

Mar 16, 2011 12:00 AM

The Kenyan government plans to invest Sh 80 mm in building 160 dams throughout the country this financial year.
The move is aimed at alleviating the effects of drought. According to Fisheries Development assistant minister Abu Chiaba, the water retention reservoirs will also be used for fish farming.

The aim, he said, is to trap rainwater, instead of allowing all of it to flow to the sea and lakes. The fish would be marketed as a staple delicacy and a boost to food security.
Mr Chiaba said if the plan is implemented consistently, within 10 years, the total surface area occupied by water countrywide would increase by 10,000 hectares.

Construction of the dams will also create employment for up to 25,000 youths, added the Lamu East MP.
"Negative human activity has depleted our forest resources and this has led to desertification and perennial droughts. These dams will boost food security, create employment in rural constituencies and improve our climate," he said.

He made the remarks in Rongai constituency, Boror, during the launch of the shallow water-retention reservoirs.
The money for the dams is part of the Sh 2.8 bn allocated to the ministry to boost fish farming.

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