Kil­ifi agri­cul­ture ‘can im­prove food se­cu­rity’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

An as­pir­ing Kil­ifi South MP wants agri­cul­ture in the con­stituency im­proved through ir­ri­ga­tion. Amina Nas­sor said there is great po­ten­tial in the con­stituency as the land is fer­tile but farm­ers do not have in­cen­tives. This year, more than 150,000 Kil­ifi res­i­dents are de­pend­ing on re­lief food due to crop fail­ure. Nas­sor on Wed­nes­day said this is sad in the mod­ern era where tech­nol­ogy can im­prove yield. “Agri­cul­ture in Kil­ifi South is in­creas­ingly di­min­ish­ing due to lack of in­cen­tives, de­spite hav­ing the po­ten­tial to feed the whole county,” she said. Nas­sor said the Na­tional Ir­ri­ga­tion Board should be bet­ter man­aged to avoid res­i­dents’ over-re­liance on re­lief food. “It is only now that the rains have started. Many farm­ers did not har­vest be­cause there was no rain when it was needed most,” she said.

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