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TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURE THROUGH PARTNER COORDINATION

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The Agriculture, Livestock, and Cooperatives Committee Chaired by H.E. Kenneth Lusaka held its inaugural meeting on 15th November 2022. The meeting, also attended by the Agriculture Rural Development Partners Group(TROICA), was to apprise the Governors Committee on the ongoing projects and programmes currently being implemented in the Agriculture Sector across the Counties.
Speaking during the meeting, H.E. Kenneth Lusaka reiterated the importance of the agriculture sector in Kenya as a great contributor to Kenya’s economy while ensuring that all Kenyans have access to healthy and adequate food at all times.
“This is a very important committee in this Country. This is where we discuss and strategize how we will change the agriculture sector and produce food for our people,” said Governor Lusaka.
“It is unfortunate that the County Additional Allocations Bill has taken too long to be passed. Currently, the Bill is on its Second reading following a lot of lobbying by the Council of Governors. However, as the Council of Governors we will engage the leadership of both Houses to ensure that this problem does not recur, even during election years.” He added.
The efforts of the development partners in the Agriculture sector cannot be understated. There are several partner-supported programmes in the country that have greatly boosted the sector including the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) Project, the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) among others.
Governor Kahiga said, “What the development partners are doing in our Counties is incredible. It is important for us to remain in touch to ensure we are all up to date on the projects and programmes. I call upon the development partners to support the Council of Governors to ensure that it has the capacity to coordinate all programs from the secretariat” Said the Nyeri boss.
Speaking on the same breathe, Migori Governor noted “I wish to thank the development partners for what they are doing in our Counties. I call upon development partners to support us beyond the capacity building to ensure we are able to produce and market our farm produce ”.
Development partners are currently implementing several projects in the Counties. Constant communication, meetings, and updates are therefore important among the entities involved. Following the current transition at the National and County level, there is need for capacity building for the new administration to ensure that no project suffers or is forgotten.
“Following the transition, it is important for us to apprise the County Leadership, CECs and Chief officers of the Donor supported projects and programmes in the Counties. This will allow the new administration to cooperate with the implementing partners to see the successful implementation of the projects,” said Governor Kawira Mwangaza.
Enhanced communication between the Counties and especially the Governors and the development partners will foster collaboration to ensure that the projects and programs in the Counties are well distributed among Counties and achieve their objectives.

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