The implementation of the Affordable Housing Programme will play a pivotal role in safeguarding arable agricultural land from fragmentation.
President William Ruto said the Government is using the Affordable Housing Programme to cater for the increasing demand for housing in agricultural regions.
The President noted that if the fragmentation of agricultural land is not managed, the country will soon run out of adequate farming land.
He explained that the government is keen on supporting farmers to scale up the production of food to help the country attain its food security goals.
“We want you to stop dividing land and live in Affordable Housing programme houses so that we can use the land you would have settled in to produce food and eradicate hunger,” he said.
He made the remarks in Kapsabet where he laid the foundation stone for the Emgwen Affordable Housing Project in Nandi County.
The 220 units project will create 500 direct jobs and another 3000 indirect jobs including the local Jua Kali who will produce 1,200 doors costing KES 26 million.
President Ruto said the Affordable Housing Programme is one of the areas identified to create jobs and spur the country’s economic growth.
He said the country must have a conversation on how to promote the programme to run smoothly.