The government will spend Sh5 billion in the next three planting seasons to assist farmers in famine-hit areas grow traditional drought-resistant crops.
"We will issue 40,000 tonnes of assorted drought-resistant seeds to individuals and farmers' groups and free fertiliser to help them grow their own food crops," the director of irrigation
Others are Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui and Machakos.
About Sh3.6 billion will be spent on buying fertiliser and certified seeds with the remaining Sh1.4 billion to be spent on other inputs.
The programme will be financed by the government in partnership with the
The government is seeking to address perennial famine by encouraging farmers to plant drought-resistant crops like finger millet, sorghum, cassava, cow peas, among others.
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Murang'a agricultural officer John Waihenya said hunger can only be stemmed by identifying farming culture that suits immediate needs.
"We are seeing a situation whereby some development partners are introducing agribusiness projects in areas where immediate need is food crops. Until we have produced enough to feed the nation, there is no way we can succeed in farming as a business," he said.
He said projects such as flower and tree farming should be shelved and farmers funded to grow edible food crops before they can be mobilised into agribusiness.
Mr Waihenya said politicians have an immediate duty of sensitising their supporters on the need to embrace farming for the kitchen.
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"We are faced with deeply embedded cultural challenges among certain communities who will insist on pastoralism even when there is no rain to grow fodder. The same communities live on lands that can support growth of traditional food crops," he said.
He said that most communities lack advice on best economic activities and end up incurring double disasters where they are hit by hunger and lose their livestock.
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