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Relief as Sh11m road project completed

By James Omoro | February 16th 2016
Ndhiwa MP Agostino Neto (in white cap) leads a team of his constituents in establishing a sign board during the commissioning of Kodiera – Ongeng’ road at Kodiera trading center yesterday. BY JAMES OMORO

Farmers in Ndhiwa can now transport their produce to markets after completion of a Sh11 million road rehabilitation project.

Rehabilitation of the road linking Kodiera and Ongeng', which included murramming and building culverts, was completed yesterday.

Speaking at Ongeng' trading centre when he officially commissioned the 13km road, Ndhiwa MP Aghostino Neto said it was constructed with the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Mr Neto said he had to utilise the kitty after realising that farmers were incurring losses due to inability to transport their produce to markets.

"Construction of this road is a function of the county government but I could not wait for them because many farmers complained their produce was getting damaged due to dilapidation of this road," Neto said.

The MP said his leadership was keen on infrastructure that promotes agricultural activities on which a majority locals' livelihood depend.

He said the road connects residents to major towns in South Nyanza region such as Mbita, Homa Bay, Ndhiwa, Sori and Rongo, where farmers can sell their produce.

"Ndhiwa is one of the key food baskets for residents of Homa Bay County, hence I believe this road will encourage many to continue with farming," he added. Neto also called on the county government to maintain the road using taxes collected from users.

Farmers could not hide their joy, saying they were almost losing hope in producing perishable crops fearing they would go bad before reaching markets during adverse weather conditions.

"I used to transport my tomatoes in large scale to Mbita and Homa Bay but had to reduce the scale of production because transport was a big issue due to poor state of this road.

Its completion is a sigh of relief for us," said  Elizabeth Onyango, a farmer.

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