Work towards food sufficiency, Migori County government told

The county government of Migori has been called upon to put in place measures that can ensure adequate food supply to the residents.

An agriculture expert, John Oromo said there was need for the devolved government to partner with the National government to revive the moribund lower Kuja Irrigation Scheme to help improve food production in the region.

The multi-million lower Kuja irrigation is like dead after gobbling almost Sh.2 billion. Yet irrigation is the only way to increase food production worldwide, he said.

Speaking during an Agricultural Field Day in South Kamagambo ward, Rongo sub-County, Oromo pointed out that there was need for both the county and national governments to invest heavily in the issuance of subsidized seeds and fertilisers to the local farmers.

Oromo who is a government retiree said farmers must also be encouraged and supported to diversify their farming methods by embracing mechanized farming to increase yields.

He expressed concern at the trend in the country of over dependence on rainfed agriculture and purchase of imported food items which he said must be put to an end if the nation is to realise sufficiency in locally produced food.

Source: Kenya News Agency