Attending a water forum conference in Meru County recently, Moroccan ambassador to Kenya Mokhtar Ghambou said Kenya could greatly benefit from his country’s experience in water management.
The ambassador said that although Morocco is an arid country and receives less rainfall than most African countries, it is among the top agricultural counties in the continent.
“Morocco has 155 big dams, 255 small dams, and builds 3 dams every year and thanks to dams the fresh water supply in urban Morocco is 100 per cent and in rural Morocco in 96 per cent,” he said.
In a statement he issued after, the ambassador said his country has embraced drip irrigation as the technology ensures there is very little wastage of the precious commodity.
Morocco also has several thousand boreholes and wells to capture groundwater.
Ghambou added that mobilisation of huge resources for construction of large dams has made his country have enough water stored for use during dry periods and for irrigation purposes.