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Govt seeks Ksh 100 billion to develop Arid and Semi-Arid areas

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The government is seeking Ksh 100 billion from investors and development partners for developing Arid and Semi-Arid Areas.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa says the cash would be spent on improving infrastructure in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas to open them up and make them more attractive for investments.

Despite having a huge economic potential, Arid and Semi-Arid areas in Kenya still lag behind in terms of development, with the areas mainly depending on donations.

To this end, the government is seeking to change the narrative and has developed an ASAL 2018-2022 strategic plan that will among other things finance construction of infrastructure in the 29 ASAL counties.

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The government is banking on development partners and the private sector to raise 100 billion shillings to implement the plan.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa says a huge percentage of the funds will go towards promoting agriculture through irrigation to make the counties more food secure.

ASAL counties are being encouraged to undertake joint infrastructure projects in a bid to attract more investments.

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