Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Rainwater harvesting

 A sufficient, clean drinking water supply is essential to life. Millions throughout the world still do not have access to the basic necessity. After decades of works by governments and organizations to bring portable water to the poorer people of the world, the situation is still dire.
As a measure towards this complexity, rainwater harvesting is an option than has been adopted in many areas of the world where conventional water supply systems have failed to meet people need. It is a technique that has been used since antiquity.
Looking at the high number of wasted decilitres running along our roadside tunnels, I simply sympathize with our people and their leaders. If you think these are personal opinions, then watch this space again come February where all our headlines will be reading severe droughts and deaths. 
I would like to urge all the stakeholders with inclusion of the communities to take an advantage of this prime time and advocate for rainwater harvesting.

Let the communities not rely on the government to initiate some of these projects like the earth dams or even placing gutters on their roofs, we can always begin small and as a team we spread our wings to the desired dreams. Water is life; with its presence, we can make all our dreams come true. 

Traders can now track fish prices on mobile phones

Traders will now track fish prices on mobile phones . Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (Kemfri) has launched a mobile phone technology to improve fish trade in Turkana County. The new technology gives traders market information. Electronic Fish Market Information System (EFMIS-Ke) co-ordinator William Ojwangâ said this would help fish traders locally and internationally to determine market prices. 
Dr Ojwangâ™ said fishermen and traders would be able to know prices countrywide using their mobile phones on a daily basis. He added that the mobile technology would eliminate middlemen who have been exploiting fishermen. "We have tested the new technology and it really works well for fishermen and traders. 
We will be using information from the mobile phones to improve the trade in the sector," he said. Ojwang’ said they are training Turkana beach management units (BMUs) on how to use mobile phones to relay information on prices and data to Kemfri station in Kisumu. 
The BMUs have been given handsets that would enable them send data to EFMIS-Ke station along the shores of Lake Turkana. Ojwangâ€disclosed that EFMIS-Ke service is also in the final stages of developing information package that would target various stakeholders in the fish industry. The coordinator said the readily available package that covers Lake Victoria is already in operation. 
Information  The European Union through the Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust has supported the pilot project to a tune of Sh18 million to cover all lakes. Research conducted in Lake Turkana showed that the annual fish production capacity was 25,000 metric tonnes valued at Sh2.5 billion. According to Kemfri and the Fisheries Department, about Sh50 million is lost annually due to post harvest loses in the lake.

(Info courtesy of www.standardmedia.co.ke)