NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Friday launched a five-year plan aimed
at transforming arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) into reliable
economic hubs in the country.
cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Devolution and ASALS, said
the 2018-2022 strategic plan targets livestock, energy, tourism,
agriculture, trade and minerals sectors that are underexploited.
“We want to address
the inequalities and vulnerabilities that are currently being
experienced in the ASALs in a coordinated manner,” Wamalwa said
during the launch.
He said that even
though the regions face extreme climatic conditions leading to
devastating effects on environment and livelihood of communities
with spiraling vulnerabilities, they have a great potential for
development and contribution to the national economy.
Wamalwa noted that
ASAL regions in Kenya cover 48 million hectares, which is
slightly over 80 percent of Kenya’s total land surface.
“Out of this land
mass, 9.6 million hectares support marginal agriculture, 15
million are suitable for sedentary livestock production and 24
million hectares are dry and suitable for nomadic pastoralism,”
Wamalwa said that
the government is looking at finding long-term solution to the
problems in the regions by mainstreaming investments as way of
finding lasting sustainable development.