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Projects and Developments

Welcome to the Garissa County thread.
This thread consists of news, images, video and discussion relating to developments in the Garissa County area.

Area: 45,720km²

Capital: Garissa

Population: 623,060


 

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Garissa plans law to regulate miraa

Source: The Star
The Garissa county government will enact laws prohibiting the open sale and consumption of miraa. The law, which is expected to come into force early next year is due to be tabled in the County Assembly.

It is being fronted by the Trade and Commerce executive Hajir Hassan. Speaking when opening a training workshop for 40 women miraa traders ,Hajir said the county is losing a lot of resources and manpower through the miraa trade hence the need to regulate the business.

The workshop was organised by Hashas Weavers, an NGO for empowering women in Northern Kenya According to statistics from Nacada, residents of Garissa spend about Sh2 million on mirror daily.

“We are not able to ban the sale and consumption of miraa but we can make it prohibitive in order to reduce its consumption in the county just like the Mututho laws did with alchohol,” Hajir said.

In the new laws, the open selling and consumption of miraa will be banned and vendors will be required to seek a license from the county government which will be pegged at a high fee and those found chewing miraa in public will face hefty fines.

Also, transporters who ferry miraa into the County or pass through the County ferrying the leaf to neighbouring counties will be forced to pay special taxes....
Milk processing plant to open in Garissa
Source: Daily Nation
The Garissa county government will soon unveil a multi-million shilling milk processing plant that will process, package and brand the product for market.

County Executive member in charge of Industries, Commerce and co-operatives Hajir Mohamed Dahiye said the Sh40 million plant is at its final stage. The county will soon have its own brand of milk.

Garissa livestock officer Benson Munyao said the plant will produce 1,500 litres of camel milk a day and will buy raw milk from farmers.

Camel Milk Mini Dairy group member Haret Mashkok said the announcement will raise their hope and motivate them to produce more. He asked the county authorities to hasten the process.

Dahiye said the county will create job opportunities for the youth when the factory become fully operational.

The factory will produce yoghurt, fermented milk, fresh milk and others dairy products such as ghee.
 

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Milk processing plant to open in Garissa

http://www.nation.co.ke/counties/Garissa-Camel-Milk-Processing-Plant/-/1107872/2067572/-/xladxs/-/index.html

The Garissa county government will soon unveil a multi-million shilling milk processing plant that will process, package and brand the product for market.

County Executive member in charge of Industries, Commerce and co-operatives Hajir Mohamed Dahiye said the Sh40 million plant is at its final stage. The county will soon have its own brand of milk.

Garissa livestock officer Benson Munyao said the plant will produce 1,500 litres of camel milk a day and will buy raw milk from farmers.

Camel Milk Mini Dairy group member Haret Mashkok said the announcement will raise their hope and motivate them to produce more. He asked the county authorities to hasten the process.

Dahiye said the county will create job opportunities for the youth when the factory become fully operational.

The factory will produce yoghurt, fermented milk, fresh milk and others dairy products such as ghee.
I have never tasted Camel Milk but i'm sure it will become very popular to the many people in Nairobi and with the wajir international airport close by more revenue can be generated selling the products in somalia, djibouti and as far as the U.K. and UAE or Oman. And i also like the idea the milk will have a county brand that will boost sales.
 

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Milk processing plant to open in Garissa
Source: Daily Nation
Chewing miraa in public should be banned country wide.
Sitting by a corner store of by the bus station chewing miraa for hours is a sign of laziness and it hurts productivity.
 

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Garissa County launches KShs 8b five year health plan

Garissa County has launched a health sector strategic, investment plan which seeks to transform the health sector in the region.

The plan, which will be implemented from 2013 to 2018, will see major changes in the sector.

The plan seeks to reduce maternal mortality rate, increase the number of nurses and doctors in the area, open up health centers in remote areas as well as increase facilities in the hospitals.

The county government has set aside 926 million shillings for planning. the project will cost an estimated 8 billion KShs.
 

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Milk processing plant to open in Garissa



I have never tasted Camel Milk but i'm sure it will become very popular to the many people in Nairobi and with the wajir international airport close by more revenue can be generated selling the products in somalia, djibouti and as far as the U.K. and UAE or Oman. And i also like the idea the milk will have a county brand that will boost sales.
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Thanks for the updatea guys. I'm very happy that the county government we elected is finally starting to deliver on some of the promises. First a new market and bus stop was made, illegal structures destroyed, anti-corruption drive, town centre sewerage upgrades, this milk plant, an animal slaughtering and meat processing plant is also on the way, the health initiative, setting up cooperatives and training them and to top it all off Garissa will finally be connected to the National Grid as that project nears an end. Not bad progress in 7 months on the part of the County Government. My little town sure is going places :cheers:
 

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Garissa to be part of electricity grid​

GARISSA town will be connected to the national electric power grid by June next year. This was revealed during MP Aden Duale's a tour to the Garissa power station.

The managing director and CEO of Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited Engineer Joel Kiilu said works to connect Garissa town to the national grid, which currently has its electricity supplied by generators, are at an advanced stage.

“We hope to connect the residents of this rapidly advancing town to this grid, which will result in reliable and cheaper electricity for all,” he said.

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company technical services manager Engineer Solomon Kariuki said power rationing in Garissa is "unfortunate but necessary".

He said the two generators currently supplying power to the town are undergoing routine maintenance after being in service for more than 20,000 hours.

“Either we carry out these maintenance works or risk losing the generators completely,” Kariuki said. “However, we hope to have completed these works by Friday next week."

Duale visited the power station following numerous complaints over month long power blackouts in the town.

“I am calling upon the residents of Garissa to remain patient as the maintenance works are being concluded and when this national grid is finally realised, then these power outages will be a thing of the past,” he said.
http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-144882/garissa-be-part-electricity-grid
 

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Garissa Hotel










With the upcoming power connection to the grid i'm sure garissa is going to take off. Develop the river waterfront and i'm sure tourists will be coming here to relax and sun tan. lol

But good hotel development


 

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With the upcoming power connection to the grid i'm sure garissa is going to take off. Develop the river waterfront and i'm sure tourists will be coming here to relax and sun tan. lol

But good hotel development


So is this hotel under construction? any details?
 

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^^

Not much it could be already U/C in the county.
 

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Farmers Scramble With Fight Against Famine In Northern Kenya

By Stephen Ingati and Fabian Mangera GARISSA, Kenya, (Xinhua) -- Garissa county and other parts of northern Kenya have for decades been associated with drought and famine.

This perception is however slowly changing. A group of farmers led by Mohamed Ali Bilal, 60, is determined to change this perception by engaging themselves in farming.

Bilal, a tall slim Somali man and who hails from Garissa, said it is only a matter of time before famine becomes a thing of the past in the vast county.

For a first time visitor in the Wathajir farm, you cannot imagine such a farm really elitists there. One will be shocked to find the green revolution currently happening in the restive region.

The Wathajir farm, from a far, resembles a large irrigation scheme with brown Tana waters flowing through large furrows

“Its unfortunate that our region has for long been known to be a region of problems where nothing good can come out of it,” Bilal told Xinhua in an interview at his farm in Garissa on Wednesday.

Bilal said although the region faces its fare share of problems including food shortage, the situation has been exaggerated.

“When you see pictures from this region being shown on the television or in the newspapers, always expect to see an emaciated woman, child or old even an old man with scrawny faces, or emaciated animals,” Bilal said.

Bilal said they have been tapping water from the river Tana to irrigate the farm. He said Wathajir (a Somali word) which means unity is communally owned by 74 members.

Bilal who is the chairman of the group said that Wathajir pastoralists came together in 1985 by consolidating their land. They then registered their group with the Department of Social Services.

Currently, their 148 acres of land serve more than 350 people because each family has about five people.

Two years ago, the farmers, with the help of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Union began a fodder farming project and are now attracting buyers from as far as Thika, about 35 km east of Nairobi.

Members said they have been selling the grass at 870 U.S. dollars per hectare. Among the crops that they grow in the farm include, mangoes, bananas, maize, cowpease, and water melon.

According to Hubbie Hussein, the Garissa county executive ember for Agriculture and Livestock committee says that the group is perfect example of what hard work and determination can do for one.

She said that if many people in the region had ventured into farming then the county would not be experiencing food shortage.

Predictions from scientists paint a bleak picture. Climate Dynamics said droughts similar to the current one are likely to continue in the coming years due to climate change.

“Our people cannot continue depending on livestock keeping, they also need try farming as an alternative way to get an income. Thank God we have River Tana which passes in our county but is not into good use,” Hussein said.

She told Xinhua it is important for locals to know that pastoralism is no longer sustainable. She said her ministry is trying to wean farmers out of donor support to make such projects sustainable.

“The gains made may be reversed unless we keep up the momentum, “ she added.
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Garissa County Launches Youth Empowerment Program

County Government has launched a youth empowerment program seeking to employ over 200 youths from the five sub counties in the county every year.

Nadhif Jama, Garissa County Governor, has termed the program as a milesyone in the community and said that it will help create jobs for the large number of unemployed youth in the region.

The program termed ‘ugatuzi na kazi’ will employ the youth in various levels which include, cleaning, rehabilitation, tree planting and other public works in the county and will be undertaken at the ward level.

40% of the jobs will be set aside for women in the county.

Youths in the area are being challenged by the government to take advantage of the initiative and apply for the contracts advertised by the county government so as to increase on their standards of living.

The governor also revealed that his administration would from early next year seek to establish four new polytechnics in the county to offer training in vocational fields to the county youths.

Shukran Gure, Garissa County Woman Representative, in attendance said the initiative was timely and called on girls from the region to come out and register for the program.

Gure called on those tasked to oversee the running of the program to ensure fairness and shun all forms of corruption.
 

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^^I doubt that plan will succeed. Getting that arrogant lot doing any menial work is unthinkable. Forget menial work, the teacher training college is willing to train teachers but they only have eyes for a cush government job and then they'll complain about unemployment (nevermind that those from other counties who are willing to sweat for work make on average 500 shillings a day while they miss out). Tana river just flows right through this town and empty farmland on both banks (I actually visited a communal farm where they only farm 20% of the land because they dont have enough manpower). If they're serious about getting a job why dont they start farming and selling the produce to food processors? Or how about starting a camel ranch by getting a few camel from their grandparents and selling the milk to camel milk processors (a booming market with camel milk being sold in supermarkets at a premium)? The opportunities in my beloved town are endless, it's a shame the residents are blinded to that potential by their arrogance.
 

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^^I doubt that plan will succeed. Getting that arrogant lot doing any menial work is unthinkable. Forget menial work, the teacher training college is willing to train teachers but they only have eyes for a cush government job and then they'll complain about unemployment (nevermind that those from other counties who are willing to sweat for work make on average 500 shillings a day while they miss out). Tana river just flows right through this town and empty farmland on both banks (I actually visited a communal farm where they only farm 20% of the land because they dont have enough manpower). If they're serious about getting a job why dont they start farming and selling the produce to food processors? Or how about starting a camel ranch by getting a few camel from their grandparents and selling the milk to camel milk processors (a booming market with camel milk being sold in supermarkets at a premium)? The opportunities in my beloved town are endless, it's a shame the residents are blinded to that potential by their arrogance.
Your right. Some of the youth don't want to start at the bottom.
They think after high school they will go to Nairobi and get a descent job with a company car and a hot secretary. Times are tough. The youth need to take the oppotunities that are available instead of chewing miraa all day long.
 
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