Irrigate arid areas to end food shortage
Posted Saturday, April 28 2012 at 20:40
Dependency on rain for crop production cannot bail this country out of perennial food shortage.
With proper irrigation, arid and semi-arid areas in this country can be transformed into agricultural zones capable of feeding the entire nation.
These areas have several advantages as far as growing crops is concerned.
The expansive fallow land and high temperatures in Asal areas favour fast growth.
Both the ministers for Agriculture and her Water counterpart should initiate irrigation projects along Tana and Athi rivers that cut through Asal areas.
It would be advisable for the ministers to visit the stretch of two rivers in Asal region around this rainy season and witness massive amount of water that is going to waste.
David Ndegwa, Nyeri.