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Why Kenyan farmers should consider Water harvesting technologies

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By Timothy Munywoki

The world population is projected to reach 8.5 billion in 2030, and to increase further to 9.7 billion in 2050 and 10.4 billion by 2100.

There will be pressure for quality food to feed the increasing population. Approximately 60% of the Worlds arable land is not cultivated; Africa’s arable land is underutilized and will play a big role to meet world’s long-term food demand.

Kenya’s population is expected to reach 84.7 million by 2050 and grow to 112.4 million people by 2100 according to data from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

In the recent past, Kenyan farmers have faced challenges emanated from threats to food production ranging from invasive pests (fall army worms, locusts), climate change, urbanization leading to shrinking of agricultural land and gaps existing in technology transfers.

The global phenomenon of climate change has had adverse effects on food production in Kenya leading to food insecurity. In Kenya we have witnessed prolonged droughts in many parts of the country and floods in some parts of Kenya.

This year, farmers lauded government efforts for the provision of subsidized fertilizers that would boost production and lower the cost of production. However, unreliable rainfall has send dismay to farmers with no hope of harvesting as expected.

Water harvesting technologies like construction of dams and lining them with geomembranes is one of the ways governments need to invest so as to stop the overreliance on rainfed agriculture. Counties can map each ward especially in semi- arid areas to have dams which will create local economy through growing crops.

Water harvesting technologies like construction of dams and lining them with geomembranes is one of the ways governments need to invest so as to stop the overreliance on rainfed agriculture. Counties can map each ward especially in semi- arid areas to have dams which will create local economy through growing crops.

The writer is the Chief Agronomist – Amiran Kenya Limited

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