Kenya loses over Sh.10b to Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and territorial sea.

Kenya loses over Sh.10b to Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and territorial sea, CS Mwangi Kiunjuri said today. In a speech read on his behalf by Fisheries PS Prof. Micheni Ntiba, during a side event at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference that ended in Nairobi today, the CS regretted that IUU is a global problem that requires commitment by all nations to eradicate.

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference that Kenya hosted in Nairobi from Monday ended today

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference that Kenya hosted in Nairobi from Monday ended today with the the world committing itself to fully exploit water resources to promote standards of living. The 3-day Conference was attended by a record 17,600 delegates from 170 countries who included 12 Heads of State, several Prime Ministers and 84 Ministers.The Conference was officially closed by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri with the Egyptian Minister for Water Resources & Agriculture Mohamed Abdel Atty.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri with the Egyptian Minister for Water Resources & Agriculture Mohamed Abdel Atty. The two held bilateral talks at the sidelines of the on-going SBE Conference in Nairobi yesterday. Their talks focused on cooperation between the two countries in areas of irrigation and water purification. Egypt promised Kenya a $5.5m for Water management & utilization.

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri with his Irish counterpart Pat Breen. The two held a bilateral meeting on the guidelines of the on-going Sustainable Blue Economy Conference

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri with his Irish counterpart Pat Breen. The two held a bilateral meeting on the guidelines of the on-going Sustainable Blue Economy Conference at KICC. The two held a bilateral meeting in which Kenya & Ireland agreed to cooperate in fostering the fisheries sector. Mr. Breen said Ireland was ready to help Kenya in securing her seas & building capacity of fisher folk. Looking on is Fisheries, Aquaculture & the Blue Economy PS Prof. Japhet Ntiba.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri with his Irish counterpart Pat Breen and Fisheries PS Prof. Ntiba during the Fisheries Side Event

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri with his Irish counterpart Pat Breen (right) and Fisheries PS Prof. Ntiba during the Fisheries Side Event at the on going Sustainable Blue Economy Conference at KICC. The CS said the Government is committed to coordinating and facilitator optimum and sustainable management of Kenya’s 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) resources.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri addressing NCPB Regional & Depot Managers at the Board HQs in Nairobi

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri addressing NCPB Regional & Depot Managers at the Board HQs in Nairobi. He is with; from left: NCPB MD Albin Sang, SFRB Chair Noah Wekesa, Crops Director Johnson Irungu and the Minstry’s Head of State Corporations Unit Eliud Mathu.

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri assured Kenyans today that the Government will clean up the country’s premier grain agency NCPB, in the next 3 months.

The CS regretted that lethargy and complacency in the management of NCPB has led to the rot that it has been in recent times, which has attracted negative headlines in the media.

The CS who was addressing NCPB Regional & Depot Managers at the Board’s Headquarters in Nairobi, said he will personally inspect the Board’s Field operations.

“You must shape up or ship out. You must change before change changes you” the CS told the managers, warning that those who will be caught with impropriety will not be merely transferred as has been the case in the past, but fired forthwith.

He commended competent managers who performed their duties diligently but were unfortunately pulled down by their wayward colleagues.

The CAS today in Nyeri county for opening of the 2nd Africa Tea Science symposium

The CAS today was in Nyeri county to open the 2nd Africa Tea Science symposium exhibition. He was joined by the Governor Nyeri Mr. Kahiga. In his speech he said that the tea sub sector continues to grow at a rate of 5-7% yearly.  In 2017 the sector earned a record kshs 129 billion from exports up from kshs 120 billion the previous year. He urged the farmers to  take advantage of the symposium to learn and to embrace value addition in order to maximize on profits.