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GOVERNORS, SENATE AGREE ON POLICIES TO IMPROVE ON AGRICULTURE

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The Council of Governors (CoG) and the Senate Standing Committees on Agriculture, livestock and fisheries have resolved to review all policies in the Agriculture sector, in order to ensure conformity to the Constitution and enhance the sector’s productivity. This resolution was the result of a two-day consultative conference held in Mombasa County. In his opening remarks, the CoG Chairman, H.E. Governor Wycliffe Oparanya reiterated that Agriculture is devolved. "To realize this, we need policy and legislative reforms in the agriculture sector to spur growth in this sector. This is why as Governors we decided to have a sit down with both the National Assembly and the Senate Standing Committees on Agriculture, livestock and fisheries to discuss implementation of agriculture functions by the Counties. We also need to address the legal bottlenecks in the implementation of agriculture functions and how to address challenges affecting the agriculture sector at the County level", said Oparanya.
COG Agriculture Committee Chairman H.E Governor Muthomi Njuki emphasized the need for the CoG as well as the Standing Committees of both Houses to address the perennial issues that fall under implementation of agricultural functions in devolution, " As Counties, we had agreed that 10 percent of the annual budget at the County and National Governments should be allocated to the agriculture sector. Now our moral responsibility is to ensure that our issues are resolved in order to implement various regulations affecting the sector to minimize financial losses, increase production and income to farmers‬" said H.E Muthomi.
Speaking on behalf of the members of the Senate standing committee on Agriculture and Fisheries, Committee Chair Senator Njeru Ndwiga, agreed with the Governors that the Agriculture Sector is grappling with many challenges and both levels of government need to work together in order to root out stumbling blocks within the sector. “We have resolved to work together in order to tackle various obstacles that have plagued this sector especially when it comes to these so called ‘cartels’”, said Sen. Ndwiga.
The CoG and the leadership of the Senate standing committee on Agriculture and Fisheries agreed and approved 21 resolutions that are geared towards ensuring that policies are in tandem with the constitution.
The recommendations also seek to further strengthen the agriculture sector by ensuring that functions that are devolved are run and managed by county governments and that funds for the same functions are given to the devolved units though a read out joint communique.

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