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New irrigation scheme to thwart food shortages

09 January 2014, 14:30

Tana River - The government plans to put more than 1 million acres of land under irrigation at Tana River County as part of projects to end food shortages in the country, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Felix Koskey said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will later on Thursday preside over a ground breaking ceremony for the project, which will be situated at Galana/ Kulalu area.

The project will bring the total acreage of land under irrigation in the country to 1.5 million acres.

The project, according to Koskey will be intended for production of enough food crops and livestock which will ensure food security in the country.

“The food security programme will have a substantial area under irrigation as an important strategy and entry point for integrated farming for crop and animal for local production for local consumption and export market,” said Koskey.

He added that the project is an effort towards addressing challenges of food security with associated high cost of living, rising food driven inflation, poverty and social and political instability.

Various parts of the country, especially the North Eastern Province, have always been prone to drought and famine over the years.

Establishing irrigation programmes was among the pledges that the President and his Deputy made to the electorate during the election campaigns last year.

– CAJ News


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