The Russian government has partnered with the United Nations (UN) and the Kisumu county government to help clear the water hyacinth in Lake Victoria.
Under the partnership, the Russian government has donated Sh.700 million through the UN to help clear up to 14, 000 hectares of the malignant weed within the lake.
The project dubbed” Sustainable Management and Utilization of Water Hyacinth “in Lake Victoria Basin will be implemented over the next three years.
The Russian Ambassador to Kenya, Dimitry Amaksimychev announced the project would be implemented by the Kisumu county government with technical support from the UN Kenya country team.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will handle the sustainable land management and environmental policy aspects while the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) would focus on the economic utilisation aspect.
“We are looking forward to partner with the government of Kenya and UN Kenya country team to enable the country realise the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
The project, he said, would seek to attract private sector interest especially in the converted products from hyacinth, to providing inputs, equipment, finance, and development of markets.
He added that the overall goal of the programme was to benefit an estimated 4.5 million people sharing the lake in the five riparian counties of Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Homa Bay and Siaya.