The County government of Nakuru discourages crop farming and livestock keeping in town saying it interferes with urban life.

It therefore intends to criminalize any forms of farming. already the county is partnering with the University of Nairobi Department of Agriculture in drafting Urban Agriculture Bill which seeks to promote sustainable farming in the town and restrict growing of crops and rearing of animals prone to disease outbreaks in a congested setting.

According to County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture Dr Immaculate Njuthe Maina, Urban Agriculture Bill will be subjected to public participation and scrutiny by all stakeholders before it is forwarded to the Assembly for debate and approval.

Despite of the draft legislation promoting a food system that suits urban areas, it also aims at containing disease outbreaks spread by crops such as maize and livestock.

It also puts in place structures that link rural farmers to consumers in the urban food system. Dr Samuel Onyango Omondi, an Agricultural Economist at the University of Nairobi says, 27 per cent of Nakuru population gains food and income from urban farming.

He adds that most counties have ignored urban farming as a crucial component in ensuring food security in Kenya. Only Nairobi County has come up with legislation to promote and regulate urban farming after its Assembly approved and passed the 2015 Urban Agriculture Promotion and Regulation Act.

The Urban Agriculture Bill once passed will criminalize any forms of crops and livestock that interfere with urban life with a special emphasis on environmental conservation.

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