Government to ensure food security

February 23, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – President Mwai Kibaki says the Government is committed to ensuring that there is enough food in the country to feed all Kenyans.

President Kibaki pointed out that the Government has taken steps to implement measures, both in the short and long term, which will ensure the country does not continue experiencing a maize shortage.

“We are importing more maize so as to ensure Kenyans can easily access the commodity. We are committed to ensuring that wananchi (locals) have enough food,” President Kibaki said.

The President was addressing villagers when he distributed relief maize at Kithimani Market in Yatta District, Ngoliba Market, Kilimambogo Market and Gatuanyaga Primary School in Thika East District and at Kiandutu in Thika West District.

The President also said the Government is focusing on implementing water projects in the arid parts of the country including Yatta, Thika East and West districts so as to provide sufficient water for domestic use and for irrigation.

“The provision of water for irrigation is a long term measure geared towards addressing food shortage,” the Head of State said.

President Kibaki said the Government is also working towards providing fertilizer and other farm inputs to farmers as a way of boosting food production in the country.

On youth empowerment, the President said his Government is implementing policies to create employment.

Emphasising the importance of education in empowering the youth, President Kibaki once again urged parents to ensure their children acquire adequate education.

“In the present day Kenya, there is no future for children who have not gone to school. It is for this reason my Government puts a lot of emphasis on the education of the country’s youth,” President Kibaki said earlier to worshippers in Thika town after attending a Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in the town.


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