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Infrastructural Intervention Threatens Tana Basin

Kenya's bid to have food secured nation and powered households robs residents depending on the Tana river basin.

An assessment of the impact of large infrastructural interventions dubbed the economics of ecosystem services of the Tana river basin says that the current developments along Tana River basin though has positive impacts,has serious negative effects for people relying on it.

Launched on September 29 at Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel by Wetlands International,the two year study says the million acres that the government intends to put under irrigation will reduce overall water resources in the lower Tana.

Fishing,agriculture and livestock are sectors likely to be affected by high grand fall dam project precipitating water related conflict and hence instability,the report says.

Kenya has a deficit of 20 million bags of maize annually and has been stepping up measures to bridging the gap through irrigation.

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