Tuimur: 1.3 million Kenyans face hunger

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Farmers in Bungoma record a bumper maize harvest
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About 1.3 million Kenyans are food insecure requiring help from the government.

This is according to Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary Andrew Tuimur who says the government is implementing various measures to ensure that every Kenyan is food secure by the year 2030.

Globally about 800 million people face hunger. In Kenya, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says the figure is at 2.5 million Kenyans.

However, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, fewer Kenyans face hunger. Andrew Tuimur says about 1.3 million Kenyans currently require food donations from the government or development partners if they are not to die of hunger.

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The government in its zero-hunger by the year 2030 is implementing several measures to boost food production such as availing subsidized fertilizer and farming equipment as well as reducing post-harvest loses.

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The government is also advocating for sustainable agriculture by encouraging the use of organic fertilizer to reduce cases of acidic soils.

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Mwea farmers

Farmers in Mwea are set to benefit from a water retention technology that could save them between 30 and 50 percent of water they use in irrigation.

The new technology works by reducing evaporation of water and conserving moisture in the soil.

A water saving innovation has been introduced on the Kenyan market. According to Water and Soil Limited Managing Director Richard Vattay the innovation has the ability to save between 30 and 50 per cent of water used in irrigation.

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Speaking at a demonstration farm in Kimbimbi village, Mwea constituency Vattay said the product reduces evaporation and conserves moist in the soil.

The innovation by Hungarian company Horticrop Research Limited is a water soluble liquid that could provide the solution towards sustainable use of water at a time when the globe is moving towards conservation agriculture.

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