Big plans to curb food insecurity

Barawaka Ali Aliow harvesting tomatoes for sale at her own farm. ADRA Kenya supported families through training in new agricultural techniques allowing them to have nutritional vegetables year-round while also giving them an income source.

Mandera County has put adequate measures in place to tackle food insecurity, an official has said.

According to the Executive Member for Agriculture Muhamud Omar Absiye, school feeding programmes have commenced in a bid to keep children and teachers in school.

Speaking to the Nation, Mr Absiye said the county’s Sh410 million budget for Agriculture will also help curb food shortage in the region.

“Sh900 million has been committed to provision of water to the residents here. We are also ensuring that farmers get on board by providing them seeds and fertiliser subsidies and soon we are building irrigation canals along the River Daua,” he said.

DORMANT SCHEMES

He added that the county government has purchased four tractors to boost farmers.

“Residents have less to worry about as we have already revived six irrigation schemes in Mandera which were dormant,” he said. These include Border Point One, Gadudia, Aresa, Hareri, Shantoley and Rhamu Dimtu irrigation schemes.

The Agriculture Executive also noted that market for farmers’ produce will be expanded to other counties. “Nairobi is enjoying sweet watermelons and red onions from here.

“We have commenced the purchasing of cereals like maize, sorghum and millet with 1500 bags from farmers to improve food security as we expect more harvest from our farms,” Mr Absiye said.

Women and youth, he said, will be provided for with green houses at specific areas of the county while the number of extension officers will be increased for proper services.

By STELLAR MURUMBA

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