Kenya: Embu Taps Israeli Water Technology
By Martin Fundi
Investors from Israel and the Embu County government will partner to introduce water saving technology in the face of growing threat from climate change.
Israel is the world leader in water and agribusiness technology, while more than half of Embu County is arid and faces biting water shortage in dry seasons.
The announcement was made when embattled Embu Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora received the President of Goodwill Ambassadors for Israel, Don Esposito, and a host of investors from Israel in his offices.
Dr Esposito said the investors would introduce visual imaging technology in agriculture – a form of drip irrigation using plastic pipes.
“The technology will save water a lot of water as it will be recycled. The system has been use in Israel since 1962,” he said.
The technology is expected to revolutionalise agriculture in the lower, arid parts of Embu with fertile soils, Governor Wambora said.
The team also expressed interest to introduce vocational and technical training in specialised areas, in institutions like the Embu University College. “We are also planning to have youths from Embu visit Israel on exchange programmes and mainly focus in the information technology sector,” Wambora said.
The Governor said the county has more than six rivers that can be tapped to make the county water sufficient.
The county has also initiated a “water for life project” by supplying all public institutions with a total of 1060 water tanks worth Sh103 million, each with a capacity of 12,000 litres.
Stephen Njiru, the chief officer for lands, water, environment and natural resources, said the consignment will end water shortage particularly in schools.
Water for life project is one of the “100 project in 100 days” launched by the county government last year.