TANA RIVER (Xinhua)
-- Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations (FAO) on Thursday blamed food insecurity
in coastal Kenya especially in Tana River county to over
reliance on rainfed farming.
Joseph Mathooko, FAO field
monitoring officer said for the region to realize good harvest
and achieve food security, there is need to adopt irrigation
farming as opposed to rainfed agriculture that has proved
unreliable over the years.
"Going by the realities of climate change, we must face the
reality and start deviating from relying on rainfall for food
production and embrace irrigation farming both at large scale
and small scale," Mathooko noted during a field visit to the
The FAO official said farmers in the region realized total
crop failure during the last cropping season as a result of over
dependence on rainfed farming.
He observed that the UN food agency acted following a request
from the government and provided maize, cow pea, green grams,
paddy rice and kale seeds to the people who were affected by
floods in Tana River county.
The UN official said that besides providing seeds, FAO also
gave farmers farm implements and tools to replace theirs that
were washed away by the floods.
Ramadhan Mwamwero, deputy county director of agriculture for
Tana River County said that with the availability of water from
River Tana, the region is capable of producing abundant food for
domestic consumption and for export.
"Farmers who relied on rainfall for their farming got zero
harvest while those who planted under irrigation had a bumper
crop success," Mwamwero said.