18 June 2012

Kenya: Kilifi Farmers Advised to Harvest Water

Farmers in Ganze district have asked the government to use the Galana river that flows across the district to introduce irrigation as a measure of improving food security in the area. According to Francis Kombe, a farmer at Bamba village, the river has been underutilized. "The river flows throughout the year but the government has not been able to tap the water so that we can irrigate our farms," he said.

Ganze district depends on maize as their main food crop. However this year the crop has failed. The area is classified among the arid and semi arid lands in the country. Kilifi district agricultural officer Jane Kanamu says the idea is noble. However, she said the farmers should tap rain water during the rainy seasons. "Farmers should also venture into other crops like sorghum and cassava that do well in the area," she said.

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