Trans Nzoia County Takes Bold Steps to Combat Malnutrition and Enhance Food Security


In a strategic move aimed at addressing malnutrition and bolstering food production, Trans Nzoia County, under the leadership of Governor George Natembeya, has initiated the restocking of Amani and Muroki dams. These efforts mark a significant milestone in the county’s commitment to tackling food insecurity and promoting sustainable agriculture.

Despite being recognized as Kenya’s breadbasket, Trans Nzoia County has grappled with malnutrition, particularly among its children. Governor Natembeya emphasized that the restocking of mature fish in these dams will provide residents with a local and affordable source of protein, effectively combating malnutrition. Furthermore, the initiative is expected to benefit elderly individuals suffering from lifestyle diseases, who require white meat for management.

The dam restocking initiative is in line with Governor Natembeya’s manifesto, which prioritizes poverty reduction through irrigation. By utilizing the dams for irrigation during dry seasons, farmers will be empowered to cultivate high-yielding and nutritious crops such as vegetables and greens. This not only enhances food production but also contributes to the financial security of the county’s residents.

As part of the second phase of the National Agricultural and Rural Development Program (NARIGP), Trans Nzoia County plans to invest in installing high-placement water tanks to facilitate irrigation activities. Governor Natembeya highlighted that this approach will significantly reduce irrigation costs for farmers by utilizing gravity-fed systems, thereby encouraging more farmers to adopt irrigation practices.

Phanice Naliaka Khatundi, the County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, echoed the Governor’s sentiments, citing the positive impact of the Amani Dam project. Since its establishment, over 37 farmers have embraced irrigation, cultivating more than 15 acres of land and generating a net production value of over 17 million shillings from crops such as tomatoes, cabbages, and kales.

Sammy Sichangi, the Chief Officer for Agriculture and Irrigation, emphasized the project’s role in the fight against malnutrition and poverty within the communities of Trans Nzoia County. By transitioning from rain-fed agriculture to irrigation-based production, the county aims to enhance food security while contributing to the nation’s efforts to feed its growing population.

Overall, the initiative promises to not only improve the nutritional well-being of Trans Nzoia residents but also promote self-sufficiency and economic prosperity through sustainable agricultural practices. With concerted efforts from both the government and local stakeholders, Trans Nzoia County is forging ahead on a path towards a brighter and more food-secure future.

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