By: WANJIRU MACHARIA
Nakuru County has signed an agricultural development deal with a county in China which will result to rice farming in arid areas.
In the deal, Nakuru and Ningxia Hui County are expected to share information on growing rice on dry land through the Sister-City agreement.
Unlike Kenya where rice is only grown in wetlands, China produces the crop on dry land.
The agreement will ensure sufficient rice supply in Kenya.
The agreement was signed by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and his Chinese counterpart Wang Heshan in Ningxia Hui County on Thursday after the 2nd forum on Chinese-African Local Government Cooperation held last week in Beijing.
The two counties will benefit from exchange programmes with mutual benefits in trade, education, culture and personnel, among others in order to promote common prosperity and development.
The agreement includes the promotion of research on development and improvement of maize since the crop is vital to communities in the two nations.
According to the agreement, the two counties will work together on agriculture in areas with shared common interests, particularly in corn improvement in both regions.
They will also work on improvement of sheep breeds by interbreeding them from the two counties for better outcome.
There will also be value addition for potatoes through adopting noodles processing technology from Ningxia Hui.
A noodles processing factory will also be established through the initiative.