The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Soil Erosion Hurts Narok North Farmers

Farmers at Siyapei in Narok North district have asked the government to help them manage soil erosion. Resident Stanley Koonyo said heavy rains have led to the loss of fertile soil.

Speaking during an agricultural exhibition, Koonyo said food productivity has reduced as they are forced to use a lot of fertiliser to increase yield.

"We request the agriculture ministry to guide us on the best ways to control the soil erosion to avoid further losses experienced from the area after we suffered a prolonged drought last year," he said.

Narok DC Justus Musau attributed the soil erosion to the felling of trees for charcoal burning. He urged chiefs to lead the locals and liase with the Kenya Forest Service officers to plant trees in private land.

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