ASAL farmers urged to adopt smart farming to boost income

Farmers in Arid and semi-arid Lands (ASAL) regions have been urged to adopt an integrated water and energy management system in their agricultural activities to mitigate against effects of climate change.

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa head John Macharia says the organization will start training farmers in ASAL regions on the appropriate use of scarce water and cultivation of drought resistance seeds to make them food secure while increasing farmers’ earnings.

Over three-quarters of Kenya’s land is classified as arid or semi-arid (ASALs) with 20% of this having high to middle potential for agriculture.

To make the ASAL counties more agriculturally productive, farmers in the region have been advised to integrate efficient water, and energy use in their agricultural activities to reduce dependency on rain-fed agriculture.

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa has started the training programme in Samburu, Isiolo and Laikipia counties on water and energy technical usage to build resilience in their communities.

The programme will also see Samburu County start sustainable water projects in a joint venture between the county government and development partners.

Under the programme, farmers will also be trained on proper crop husbandry to increase yields in the ASAL regions.

  

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