Kenya’s government is considering plans to fully exploit irrigation-based agriculture to boost food production in the wake of perennial severe drought in the country.
President William Ruto announced on Monday that transit from rain-fed agriculture to irrigation one will be critical in averting future food crises in the country.
“This is our bigger plan of ensuring that Kenya becomes a food secure nation,” he said
the president flagged off 50 trucks of relief food to 23 drought-stricken counties in the country.
President Ruto says his government will be working with the private sector on water delivery under the public-private partnership.
He also disclosed that he will engage with Parliament to enact a law that will create provisions for water purchase agreements that will enable private sector to invest in the water sector.
“This will in the long run help us a government not to deploy huge resources in this sector,” he said.
3.5 million Kenyans are facing acute starvation amid the ravaging drought situation in the country.
President Ruto stated that there would be a weekly consignment of the relief food that will be taken to the affected areas.