Agriculture Kiambu Real Estate

Kiambu: Government urged to regulate real estate development

By Kelvin Gikundi

Thika: The government has been urged to regulate the rate at which agricultural land is being converted into real estate to avoid food scarcity and the drought which is currently being experienced in the country.

Urithi housing cooperative society Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kelvin Muthuri said that the rate at which agricultural land is being converted into real estate is alarming as it is reducing the food supply in the country.

“Many agricultural parcels of land around Nairobi like in Kiambu, Murang’a and Kajiado counties have been converted from being farms into residential houses meaning that the amount of food that was being produced there has been reduced,” explained Muthuri.

Muthuri speaking at a Thika hotel on Tuesday when they issued more than 500 title deeds to their clients said that as an organization they go beyond selling land to showing their investors ways in which they can add value through agriculture.

“We are discouraging our investors to stop buying land for speculative purposes but to cultivate it, currently as a nation we have a food security issue and with the use of green house technology and practicing agribusiness to maximize agricultural output these issues can be addressed,” said Muthuri.

“On an eighth of an acre you can do a green house of 15 by 30 meters which apart from being an income generating activity it can solve the issue of food scarcity in your home and the country at large,” he explained.

Muthuri said that they are going to bring best technologies used in other countries into Kenya so that they can help local farmers maximize their yields.

Urithi housing cooperative society Chairman Samuel Maina chairman said that the issue of food security will be a real issue in the next 15 years since most of the agricultural land will have been converted into real estate and those living in these houses will need food.

“Statistics indicate that each Kenyan eats one sack of maize in a year and we should therefore ask ourselves if we produce enough to cater for this needs and surplus to last us an extra season if the rains fail like is currently being experienced,” challenged Maina.

“To counter this we are selling to our investors big land which can used for agricultural purposes, for instance we have selling one acre pieces of land in Malindi which is good for green grams, watermelons among other products,” explained Maina.

He called Kenyans to embrace alternative forms of agriculture like irrigation using boreholes and people cultivating their land instead of living it bare.

Maina said that they are pleased to see Kenyans from different ethnic backgrounds coming together and owning land next to each other on different parts of the country.

“Today we gave out 500 title deeds, 250 of them for land in Malindi, 100 in Juja and 200 in other areas,” said Maina.
This year we will be issuing to over 40 projects so that our customers can be able invest in their land.

Maina said that they are pleased to see Kenyans from different ethnic backgrounds coming together and owning land next to each other on different parts of the country.

Nashon Wachira Chania a 70 year old investor called on the youth to invest in land and cultivate it where they can get an income while the land is also appreciating in value.

Martin Kariuki from Juja said that he has bought land in many areas and has never been issues with a title but thanks to Urithi he has been able to have his own title.

All present at the function called on the government, land use experts and the stakeholders to come together and plan land use in Kenya so that the country is not plunged into a food crisis.

They expressed concern over the cost of land being very high as you cannot expect someone who bought a plot of land at Kshs.50 million and expect them to start practicing agriculture there which cannot give him returns on investment.


Urithi CEO Kelvin-Muthuri addressing the press.
Urithi Chairman Samuel Maina handing over a title to a client.

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