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Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 12:42 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Rift valley regional commissioner Wanyama Musiambo has called on farmers to embrace innovation in irrigation in order to ensure food sustainability.
Speaking at the Nakuru Ask National Show where he was the chief guest on Tuesday, Musiambo said that over dependence on rain fed agriculture was a major cause of food shortage in the country. The commissioner pointed out that it is on this realization that the government was investing heavily on irrigation especially in Tana River County where the Galana irrigation project has proven successful.
The regional boss said that the theme of this year’s show should be embraced by farmers across the country if food sustainability was to be achieved. Further the commissioner reiterated the need to take agriculture as a business instead of investing in subsistence farming.
Agribusiness according to the commissioner was a major employer especially to the youth. He said that given the level of high-tech innovation being displayed in the show, farmers will be able to acquire the requisite skills to enable them grow more crops and rear livestock while maximizing profits.
The show chairperson Margaret Anami appreciated the fact that 130 exhibitors were taking part in the show this year. She said that the fact that more than ten companies were taking part in the show for the first time was a clear indication that the show will have good turnout for the four days the gates will be open to members of the public.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County