25 January 2014

Kenya: Uhuru Assures On Irrigation Project Implementation

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto were on Saturday at State House Nairobi briefed on the implementation of the Galana-Kulalu irrigation project in the Coastal counties of Kilifi and Tana River.

In a presentation by officials of Israel's Agri-green Consultancy firm, Mr. Barak Tamir and Mr. Gideon John Kedar and Amiran's Deputy Managing Director Yariv Kedar, President Kenyatta and Deputy President Ruto were shown how the project will be implemented systematically.

The consultants assured the President and his deputy that the latest technology will be used to ensure the irrigation project succeeds.

President Kenyatta expressed confidence that the irrigation project will ensure food security for all Kenyans and encouraged public-private partnerships in its implementation.

"For us to meaningfully develop, we must implement programs that will ensure food security for all our people in line with our Constitution," the President said.

He launched the Jubilee Coalition's landmark irrigation project by commissioning a 10,000 acre Galana-Kulalu model farm early this month as part of the plan to irrigate one million acres in the next five years.

According to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskey, out of the one million acre that will be irrigated in the next five years, 500 acres will be under maize production, 200 acres under sugarcane, 150 acres will be used for livestock keeping, 100 acres under horticulture while 50 acres will be for crop rotation.

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