Society / Environment
Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017 12:12 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Farmers have been challenged to invest in and embrace soil research and innovative technology in order to address food security through increased production. Dr Raphael Kinoti, the director of Farming Systems Kenya (FSK) said that the country can only address the issue of food security through innovative technology and proper planning.
He said that the government should through organizations such as FSK work closely with farmers in the grassroots to facilitate the transformation of the farming community into entrepreneurs through innovative technology.
He reiterated the need of the establishment of agricultural call solution centres in every county which will help farmers access agricultural and farming information close to their doorsteps, something he says will improve production.
Dr Kinoti called on the government to embrace farming in arid and semi arid areas of the country saying such areas have a huge agricultural potential that is yet to be tapped.
He noted that with the increased encroachment on potential agricultural land and the rapid urbanization of Kenyan towns, the country has been left with very little farming land hence the need to transform arid and semi arid land into agricultural land.
At the same time he also called for proper land planning policies which he said would greatly address the issue of arable land being encroached for commercial use.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County