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WORK WITH THE COUNTIES DIRECTLY TO TRANSFORM AND IMPROVE SERVICE DELIVERY IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR, COG TELLS THE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

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The Council of Governors held a two-day high level consultative meeting to make necessary changes in the agricultural and cooperative sectors with an aim of ensuring that the small holder farmers benefit and counties empowered to effectively offer services.

The meeting held from December, 16 to 17, 2021 at the Sarova White Sands Hotel and Spa in Mombasa County, brought together the Council of Governors, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, USAID and World Bank Kenya to discuss among other things ways of forging partnerships with a view of improving service delivery at the County level.

The Council Chairman of the Agriculture Committee H.E Dr. James Nyoro, in his remarks urged the County Governments to understand the available opportunities within the USAID and World Bank in Kenya for sustainable partnerships on increasing productivity and income growth; enhanced food security and equity among others.

“In today’s meeting, it’s imperative that we examine the policy and legal reforms in the agriculture sector to make the necessary changes required for the benefit of the small holder farmers and ensure that Counties are empowered to effectively offer services,” Dr Nyoro said.

Speaking on behalf of the USAID Kenya Mission Director Mark Meassick, Deputy Mission Director Bert Ubamadu, gave their assurance that USAID and other Development Partners will continuously cooperate and consult in the conceptualization, management, financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all projects and programmes under devolved functions.

“As USAID, we will ensure that all new projects and programmes are aligned to the respective County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) to avoid duplication and wastage of valuable resources. Therefore, we support the Council in ensuring that it is included in the development cooperation agreement between the Government and Development Partners’, said Mr. Ubamadu.

Principal Secretary, State Department for Crop Development & Agricultural Research Prof. Hamadi Boga, reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to working together with County governments.

“As a Ministry, we are looking to deliberate on various policies with County Governments so as to incorporate your recommendations effectively. This includes the Cooperatives Bill 2021, the National Livestock Policy, the National Agriculture Insurance Policy and National Livestock Master plan, that seeks to increase targeted investment in the Livestock field for improved national income, food and nutritional security”, said PS Boga.

In his remarks, Council of Governors Chairman H.E Martin Wambora, thanked the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, USAID, World Bank Kenya and all other stakeholders in the sector for fully supporting this meeting to find a lasting solution for issues ailing the sector and the County Governments for their unwavering enthusiasm to deepen devolution in line with Country’s national aspirations.

“As a Council, we shall take the lead in bringing together all the other players in the sector including National Government and the Private Sector to develop a roadmap for the transformation of County food systems”, said H. E Wambora.

According to Governor Wambora, Covid-19 pandemic, the recurrent droughts and climate change among other shocks has severely strained the already limited resources available at the county level hence affecting provision of services such as agricultural extensions and farmer training.

In view of this, Governors are calling upon Development partners in the agriculture sector to directly work with the County Governments to transform and improve service delivery at the county level.

The two-day meeting ended with a joint communique that called for implementation of key recommendations such as; enabling market systems to drive growth and create jobs, build capacity to increase trade as well as accelerating investment not only in Kenya but in the regional and global markets.

“We also need to focus on value addition, the need for broader cooperation between the National and County Governments and a reduction of the 16 per cent tax imposed on the importation of agricultural equipment among other resolutions,” Mr Wambora said.

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