, NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 5 – The government projects to create three million jobs and eradicate food insecurity once the Galana/Kalulu project in Tana River County is fully implemented.
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Secretary Felix Koskei says consultations are at an advance stage to ensure the project is implemented on time.
“Concentrating on the Galana Ranch scheme would instead put 1.2 million acres of land under to improve food production,” Koskei said.
He said the irrigation programmes will ensure Kenyan farmers double their crop yields and get rid of food insecurity that has been a great challenge.
“The people of Tana River and Kilifi County should embrace the project because of its economic benefits that will transform their livelihoods,” he said.
He revealed that about 500,000 acres of the ranch will be put under maize, another 300,000 acres under sugarcane and 200,000 acres under beef and game animal.
Koskei said the project, which will be completed in five years, will ensure maize is planted twice a year.
“The implementation will be carried out by the National Irrigation Board and the Agricultural Development Corporation to ensure the problem of food shortage is addressed,” he revealed.
He revealed that the government has also allocated Sh8 billion for irrigation projects in other parts of the country.