Productivity of rural communities is a crucial aspect of regional economic development. Rural communities tend to provide a lower cost of living, an abundance of space, and a strong sense of place. To complement these strengths and promote economic diversification in these communities, effective economic development in rural areas needs to actively build upon existing assets, strengthen the community, and build long-term value to attract a range of investments.
Rural areas actually have vast potential for economic growth pegged to food production, a case of Mwotot area in Tapach ward, which is rich in crop production such as pyrethrum, potatoes, vegetables and milk.
Leading a delegation from the county on the official opening of Mwotot market, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo said that his administration remains steadfast in their efforts to transform West Pokot County.
“What we can assure you today is that, we will do our best to fulfil our delivery promise. All wards will have maintenance graders to facilitate movement of people and their produce. That will transform our county.”
CECM, Trade, Industry and Energy- Augustine Monges pointed out that there is need to unlock the huge potential of crop production in rural areas.
He however said that overcoming a thorny combination of low productivity in subsistence agriculture, limited scope for industrialization in many areas, remains a challenge which his ministry sought to change.
“This is a docket that can make a huge difference in the lives of our people. We intend to make that difference. We are in the process of making that difference a reality.”
His sentiments were echoed by his fellow CECMs Joel Arumonyang and Luka Chepelion who mentioned that markets will be integral in realizing the county’s big agenda of a stronger economy.
Chief Officers Alex Lokimoi and Linus Losialima stressed on the need for policy support that will be a major stimulus towards investment in rural areas, an eventually lead to a vibrant economy.
The county boss also gave out an ambulance in assist in emergency services in Tapach ward and its environs.