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Govt introduces crop, livestock insurance schemes

06 October 2016, 08:34 George Vodongo

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday said the Government has introduced a crop insurance scheme to cushion farmers from adverse weather conditions.

The President disclosed that the insurance scheme is being tested in Bungoma, Nakuruand Embu counties.

“Indeed, a thousand farmers in these counties have already benefited from the premium subsidy at a cost of KES 300 million,” President Kenyatta said.

He added that his administration has also introduced a livestock insurance, which is being piloted in Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo and Tana River at a cost of KES 152 million.

“The results of the two pilot schemes are encouraging; ultimately we intend to roll out these schemes to every county in the country,” the President said.

To ensure farmers have a regular water supply to increase food crops and livestock production, President Kenyatta said his administration has brought new more land under irrigation and revitalized older schemes.

“My Administration has, under the Expanded National Irrigation Program, rehabilitated and expanded national irrigation schemes by 27,000 acres between 2013 and 2015,” President Kenyatta said.

He added: “Indeed, in just one of those schemes, at Mwea, we are set to double the area of land under irrigation.”

President Kenyatta made the announcements when he officially opened this year’s Agricultural Society of Kenya Nairobi International Trade Fair at the Jamhuri Park Showground.

- MyNews24

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