Urban Farming gets Nod from Lands Ministry

Kenyans living in towns will now be allowed to engage in urban agriculture following the development of a national development policy for these areas. According to the policy developed by the ministry of lands, the decision to permit urban agriculture was arrived at after consultations with counties.

“An increase in urban food gardening along rivers and sewer lines in nurseries along urban roads and in residential neighborhoods and schools has been observed” says the policy.

It further states that urban agriculture is of importance for Kenyan leaders. The document notes that some of the factors that have undermined urban agriculture are lack of land, city laws, lack of public awareness, people’s attitude, and lack of clearly defined areas for urban agriculture.

The policy recommends that the government should include urban agriculture land use in the planning of towns and cities. It also calls for the provision of more land for urban agriculture and that the government should also promote non-traditional agricultural practices.

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