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CONSULTATIVE MEETING BETWEEN THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS AND THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

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The Council of Governors and the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation held a consultative meeting on 8th May 2019 on Agriculture Regulations, Subsidy program and Food & Nutrition Security pillar of the Big 4 Agenda. Others in attendance included Executive Committee Members in charge of Agriculture, MCAs from County assembly Agriculture committees, Food and Agriculture Organization Kenya, University of Nairobi, World Renew and the Joint Agriculture Secretariat.

The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the finalisation of sector regulation, implementation and financing of the Food Security agenda, restructuring the Agriculture Subsidy program and the Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy (ASTGS).

The Chairman, Council of Governors, H.E Wycliffe Oparanya pointed out on the encroachment of devolved functions by ministry officials. “Out of the Three hundred and two billion Kenya Shillings, the Ministry got 46.9 billion, while total for the forty seven counties under agriculture amounts to twenty four billion Kenya shillings only. This makes it difficult for County Governments to undertake devolved agricultural functions with efficiency. Recommendation is for funds transfer from Kilimo to counties especially for implementing the Big 4 agenda on Food and Nutrition Security,” said HE Oparanya.

While focusing on the ongoing Agriculture projects by National Government and development partners in counties, the Governors stated that they is need for an agriculture sector Development Partners Protocol to lay out a code of conduct for development partners as it will guide their activities in the Counties and ease monitoring and evaluation of agriculture projects. This comes at a time when coordination of projects by these agencies has become complex with some of them implementing projects without the knowledge of Count executive or consultation. The Governors also needed to be upraised on all donor-funded programs running in all counties.

The following resolutions arose from the meeting;

i. The subsidies program must be restructured to comply with the constitution borrowing from successful models such as the Zambian model and further provide for participation of the private sector in procurement and distribution of inputs and related services-e-voucher, e-wallet.

ii. Review of various legislative frameworks in the agriculture sector among them NCPB, AFA, Crops and Kenya Dairy Board Acts.

iii. Both levels of government agree to undertake county agriculture enterprises sustainability mapping.

iv. Prioritization of micro irrigation at household level by both levels of government to move away from rain fed agriculture.

v. Jointly explore ways of managing externalities that affect agriculture effectiveness and efficiency such as cost of electricity.

vi. Intergovernmental Forum for Agriculture to be held for two days in the month of June.

vii. The technical committee to develop an implementation plan for the actions in the communique.e committee in partnership with National Project coordinators to organize for a two-day retreat to brief H.E Governors on all ongoing agriculture programmes by

development partners. The meetings may be convened as per the regional economic blocs with the agenda being to agree on how projects are being done. The aim is to appraise H.E on ongoing agriculture projects. Conflicting issues that might not be resolved will later be flagged out with the Cabinet Secretary.

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