Watermelons grown in Makindu region, Kenya

Water pans transform Ukambani into food basket

Farmers have been sinking water pans in the Makindu region in Makueni County, creating firm foundations for a robust agribusiness enterprise. Now, there is a rapidly growing community of farmers who have turned around the arid region into a food basket, with succesful watermelon enterprises.

There are many success stories across the county where the government and non-governmental organizations have been aggressively promoting rain water harvesting as a way of building resilience against climate change. The county government has rolled out the installation of miter drainage systems for harvesting rainwater from the roads across the county and has been encouraging communities neighboring the roads to set up farm ponds.

The Ministry of Water projects that Ukambani will become the country’s food basket following the ongoing construction the Thwake Dam on the border of Kitui and Makueni counties. Upon completion the dam is expected to support the irrigation of 10,000 acres of farmland in the two arid counties.

Source: businessdailyafrica.com

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