Kenya mulls irrigation strategy to boost food security

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Kenya plans to put in place a national irrigation strategy in order to boost the country’s food security, Joseph Irungu, principal secretary of Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation said on Tuesday.

Joseph Irungu told an agricultural forum in Nairobi that the challenge of climate change has made rain-fed agriculture increasingly unreliable.

“Therefore, there is a need to enhance irrigated agriculture to meet national food and nutrition security demands,” Irungu said during the national validation workshop for national irrigation services strategy 2021-25.

Statistics indicate that as of 2020 only 216,000 hectares of land in Kenya were under irrigation, which is about 16 percent of the potential.
Irungu added that the rate of irrigation development has been slow.

He said that the country is keen to reduce its dependence on rain-fed agricultural systems which are susceptible to erratic and unpredictable rainfall patterns.

Irungu added that the irrigation sector faces many challenges including lack of adequate water and financial resources. Enditem

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