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President Kenyatta expected to arrive in Israel for bilateral talks on security and agriculture

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By Sharon Momanyi | February 22nd 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel Monday evening for a state visit that will see him address bilateral partnership with the country on various fronts, with particular interests in security and agriculture. The last sitting President of the Republic of Kenya to visit Israel was retired President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi in 1994.

Uhuru's state visit now speaks volumes on the renewal of relations between the two countries. Israel is a key partner in the Galana-Kulalu food security program. Kenya is set to benefit from Israel's knowledge and systems of irrigation.

The agricultural production of the whole state of Israel is 1 million acres, which contributes Ksh 212 billion (US $2.08 billion) per annum in exports. It is this system that Kenya intends to learn from in its quest to secure food production in the country.

25 students from the Kenya Water institute were on Saturday sent off by President Kenyatta to learn more on water management under the scholarship of the Israeli government.

President Kenyatta, who is accompanied by the Cabinet Secretaries of water and irrigation, and security, will also hold bilateral talks on security cooperation between Kenya and Israel. His packed diary also encompasses a meeting with Israeli opposition leader and deserts farms. He leaves Israel back to Kenya on Thursday evening.

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