Nakuru Town: The Cost of real estate in Nakuru and suburbs is expected to escalate if the proposed land use Bill is passed by the County Assembly.
The Bill that is aimed at raising the cost of subdividing land within the area`s agro-ecological zones is aimed at protecting arable areas turning into residential zones.
County Executive in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr. Stanley Chepkwony says the bill sponsored by Nyota Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) Njoroge Gichamu, is part of a joint effort to fast track the county`s quest for food sufficiency.
Speaking at a news interview today, Dr. Chepkwony raised concern at the rate highly productive agro ecological zones in Nakuru are subdivided into residential plots, a development he says will lead to inadequate farmland affecting food production.
He said the bill that is currently at committee stage is scheduled to be subjected to a fair public participation exercise in April.
The area that used to be predominantly a wheat and maize farmland has experienced a proliferation of Land buying and selling entities, that have been instrumental in shrinking farm lands and expanding real estates in a move that has seen residents dig deeper in their pockets for fresh agricultural produce.
Dr. Chepkwony said the prospective by law will also encourage people with already developed plots in Suburban Nakuru to practice commercialized urban farming in a bid to bridge current deficits in supplies of agricultural produce at the town`s agricultural markets.
The Bill has since been a source of hidden debate among the Bill`s critics, who say it will suffer considerable setbacks at the polarized county assembly.
However, Dr. Chepkwony has expressed optimism that the bill fare well through its stages and consequently assented by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.
He appealed to the County Assembly of Nakuru to expedite the bill through its course with a collective view of helping the county restore its irreproachable food sufficiency in years to come.