Israeli government will assist Chuka University set up a 200-acre drip irrigation demonstration farm in Kairini village, Tharaka Nithi County.
Addressing journalists at the university on Tuesday, Vice Chancellor Erastus Njoka said the university has already signed the deal that will also involve the setting up of 200-acre animal conservancy.
“Instead of people from East Africa going to Israel to learn about drip irrigation that is used in arid areas, they shall be visiting Tharaka-Nithi,” said Prof Njoka.
He said five lecturers in the university’s agriculture department are in Israel for a one-month training.
“We want to improve food security in the country by ensuring the arid areas are viable for food production through drip irrigation that uses very little water.
The demonstration farm will also be used for research purposes.
The Vice Chancellor said the animal conservancy will earn the university revenue from tourism.
Crocodiles, giraffes and ostrich are among animals to be kept in the conservancy.