agricultural productivity
agricultural productivity

Kenya on Wednesday said it will seek partnerships to help transform its agriculture sector.

Andrew Tuimur, chief administrative secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, said collective efforts will help the country meet its envisaged 10 percent annual economic growth.

“We can only achieve this once we transform smallholder agriculture from subsistence to an innovative, commercially oriented modern agriculture,” Tuimur told a national conference on agricultural public-private policy dialogue in Nairobi.

He attributed low yields and rising soil degradation to traditional agricultural practices that are practiced by many farmers.

Agriculture is the key driver of economic and social development in Kenya and contributes significantly to food security, income generation, employment and wealth creation, Tuimur said.

Despite the great potential of the private sector in triggering Kenya’s agricultural growth transformation, Tuimur said, agriculture is still largely underexploited due to prevailing policy environment.

The government is working closely with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the European Union to undertake various policy effectiveness studies to achieve full food and nutrition security in the country, he said.

Tuimur told county governments to collaborate with development partners, the private sector and farmer organizations to transform agricultural growth by investing in innovation. Enditem

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