Irrigation projects gobble up billions but hunger persists

Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa with members of the parliamentary committee on agriculture during a visit of the Galana Kulalu Food Security Project in Tana River County. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

What you need to know:

  • The Sh7 billion allocated last year was meant to place 10,000 acres under irrigation but, so far, only 2,500 acres have been achieved.
  • Two years down the line, the 70,000 bags are not even enough to meet demands of just one county in need of food aid.
  • Food security was one of Jubilee’s five core campaign pillars, promising to put a million acres under irrigation within five years.
  • National Irrigation Board will need Sh500 billion to put the required one million acres under irrigation.
  • At least 1.3 million people are currently in need of food aid.

How the Galana Kulalu scheme has managed to produce only 70,000 bags of maize despite being allocated Sh7 billion is raising serious questions about the government’s projects aimed at enhancing food security.

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