Kenya Vision 2030 identifies agriculture as one of the key economic sectors expected to drive the economy. In this regard Embu County Government is keen in promoting competitive and commercial oriented agriculture through utilization of modern and efficient agricultural technologies. This is in line with the “Kenya Vision 2030” which aims at transforming he Kenya into a newly industrialized, middle-income country in the next two decades. Agricultural development is key to this transformation since it is a precursor for industrial developments as most of the industries are agro-based. Therefore any technology that promotes agricultural and industrial development promotes County and national growth.
Embu County Government recognizes the significant contribution the National Government has made to the Agricultural sub-sector and consequently to the country’s food security. I’m delighted to have been given the job of ensuring this noble exercise gives Embu and Kenyan farming and food industry the consistent backing it needs to become even more resilient and competitive in the years ahead.
In this regard, the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Cooperative and Fisheries today held a farmers exhibition at Ugweri, Runyenjes Sub county. The function was organized in conjunction with Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme Climate Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods(KCEP-CRAL)
Kenya is a food deficit country which, even in a good harvest year, must import up to 20% of its annual cereal requirements. Therefore, this programme aims at decreasing Kenya’s reliance on cereal imports as it will contribute to national food security by targeting three main cereals – maize, sorghum and millet – which are both traditional staple foods and hold important marketing potential.
In this regard, the National Government and the County Government is partnering with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the European Union (EU) and Equity Bank to finance this noble programme that will support smallholder farmers in the East African country to increase productivity and profitability.
The programme which will be under the
the supervision of IFAD and KCEP will benefit over 100,000 households and it will contribute to reducing the country’s grain deficit by an estimated 45,000 Tons.
This programme will support smallholder farmers to increase productivity and profitability of these crops through adoption of value-added agricultural practices: improved seed varieties, adequate fertilizer use and soil and water management; better processing and storage for reduction of post-harvest losses, linkages to markets, and access to formal credit and risk management options.