By Kennedy Rioba
A section of small scale farmers along the Galana River in Kilifi County have received irrigation equipment worth 50 million shillings from the national government in an initiative to boost food security in the area.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri says the farmers will also receive fuel worth 3 million shillings to help them kick start the small scale irrigation venture.
Small scale farming has been an integral part of the agriculture sector contributing close to 75 per cent of the total agricultural produce.
However small scale farmer face a myriad of challenges key among them expensive equipment.
Esther Mapenzi, one of last year’s relief food beneficiaries says the cost of production was quite high with many small scale farmers unable to shoulder the costs.
She adds that one had to hire pipes at a cost of 10 shillings per day depending on the distance from Galana River and an additional 300 shillings for the water pump.
The farmers will also be trained on how best to utilize the irrigation kits.
The government has pledged to offer more irrigation kits to Kilifi County residents.