130 students flagged off to Israel for Agro studies

Agriculture CS Eugene Wamalwa during the flagging off 130 students to Israel in Nairobi. PHOTO: MICHAEL MBUGUA.

Nairobi, KENYA: Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation Eugene Wamalwa on Monday flagged off 130 students to Israel  for further training on agricultural skills.

This is the second batch of students to go to Israel, after the first group that left in 2015 came back.

Speaking in Nairobi, Wamalwa said that such an initiative is key in curbing the hunger crisis being witnessed in the country.

“The country is almost arid and semi arid in some places and as the population increases the water scarcity increases,thus,you are the next soldiers to help tackle this when you come back in the country.” Said Wamalwa

The CS said he believes that after the training, some of them will be deployed in various county governments in order to enrich the counties with skills that will enable them in yielding food production sufficiently.

Wamalwa added that, the government will gear up in expanding the Ghalana Kulalu irrigation scheme by 400,000 from 500,000 hectares and build a dam that will boost irrigation process and increase food production in the near future.

He added that the first half a million acres of land in Ghalana Kulalu produced 37 million of maize bags that forced the country to look for 700 million more to curb the scarcity that had been occasioned.

On the other hand, Israel ambassador to Kenya Yahel Vilan, stated that by Kenya adopting this technology,it will enable them to be able to feed its people adequately.

The government is said to spend 3 billion shillings in order to facilitate the programme for the next 6 months.