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COG AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETS CS KIUNJURI

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The Council of Governors Committee on Agriculture on 8th April met with the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri to discuss pertinent issues in the Agriculture sector from Agriculture regulations, Input subsidies and the implementation of the Big Four Agenda on Food and Nutrition security.
During his opening statement H.E Muthomi Njuki raised concerns on the development of regulation without involvement of the County Governments. “Our concern is on regulation, most of these regulations are developed without the input of the County Governments,” said H.E. Muthomi Njuki.
It was noted that the Ministry of Agriculture had finalised several regulations which are due for gazettement. They include regulations on coffee, tea, dairy, sugar, pyrethrum, nuts and oil, horticulture, fibre crops and food crops However, the regulation centralised the manufacturing and warehouse licensing which are devolved functions. However, the Council of Governors was not involved in the process of formulation. The Council Committee on Agriculture therefore recommended a participatory process between the two levels of government.
Both came to the understanding that a joint technical committee will be constituted to deal with all issues touching on regulations in the Agriculture sector by 10th April, 2019. The Committee will comprise of officers from the five departments under the Ministry and representatives of the County Governments and the Council of Governors.
Currently, there are many regulations that have been pending since 2013. This means that the County Governments have been working using regulations formulated before the new dispensation. The two levels of Government have only agreed on Coffee, Sugar and Potato regulations. The technical committee was tasked to come up with a work plan on how to deal with the remaining regulations and have them gazetted within 6o days.
The County Governments also raised concerns on the input subsidy model by the National Government. The current model has distributed blanket subsidies to the 47 Counties without considering the different demographics of every County. Subsidies such as fertilizers depend on variables such as soil types, crops grown etc. The quantity delivered has also been done based on historical consumption patterns which affect Counties where there Counties receive low amounts of fertiliser forcing most farmers to rely on private dealers or growing without fertilizer.
On 24th April, there will be a Governors’ briefing meeting on the implementation of the Big 4 agenda. During this meeting, Governors will be appraised on Crop suitability by the University of Nairobi, Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy, Big 4 Agenda strategy, Input subsidy and regulation.

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