Agriculture CS urges Kenyans to adopt new ways of farming

By KBC Reporter

With an estimated increase in population from a current 44 Million to 81 Million by 2150 the country will have no choice but to abandon old ways of farming in order to improve food security.

This is according to Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett who says although the country is on the right track to achieving food security, self production of fertilizer, increase in youth participation in agriculture, regular use of irrigation and diversification of consumption trends are but a few of the bold initiatives that the country has to undertake to cater for the increasing population.

Agriculture is the engine of economic growth in Kenya, and a valuable source of income for the majority of Kenyans.

About 75 percent of Kenyans derive all or part of their livelihoods from the sector, and it accounts for 18 percent of the GDP with most farmers working without certified seeds and modern technology or adequate financial and extension services.

With an estimated increase in population from the current 44 Million to 81 Million by 2150 the country has to consider other ways of improving food security.

Agriculture CS Bett says self production of fertilizer, regular use of irrigation and diversification of consumption trends are but a few of the bold initiatives that the country has to take to cater for the increasing population.

In addition Bett says despite the tremendous strides made by the government in ensuring food security there are several challenges facing the sector.

He was speaking during the launch of the Freedom From Hunger Walk of 2016 that expects to raise up to 50 million to implement development projects that will enhance knowledge for sustainable development.

 

  

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