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Farmers Abandon Fields as Kenyatta Dried Up

The drying up of Lake Kenyatta in Mpeketoni two months ago has hurt irrigation farming.

The lake, one of the oldest and largest natural fresh water lakes, dried up in the drought in many parts of Lamu county.

More than 6,000 farmers from Mpeketoni and its environs depended on water from the lake, but have now quit farming.

Last month, residents discovered a fresh water well close to the lake.

They said, however, the well cannot meet the needs of all farmers and residents.

Ronald Woan

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