On the fourth leg of his working tour in Coastal counties, Hon Munya praised the seaweed harvesting and production project in Kwale

On the fourth leg of his working tour in Coastal counties, Hon Munya praised the seaweed harvesting and production project in Kwale as an example of what could be attained with diversity in exploiting the resources in the country’s exclusive economic zone.
The CS called for more efforts to initiate such projects to improve earnings.
He asked engineers working on fisheries projects in Kwale County to redouble their effort, speed up the work to ensure it is completed on time to benefit the community. In response, the engineer responsible pledged to finish the work by the end of November.
Hon Munya asked county and national government planners and engineers to emulate their counterparts in Kilifi who have built fish landing bays, processing and cooling facilities close to one another for all functions to be completed within close proximity and sent to the market.
Hon Munya has toured the Galana Kulalu National Irrigation project and model farm plus fisheries and other projects in Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale Counties during the visit.

Kenya will enhance efforts to exploit it’s vast exclusive economic zone in the Indian Ocean to ensure it benefits it’s citizens, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Hon Peter Munya has said.

Kenya will enhance efforts to exploit it’s vast exclusive economic zone in the Indian Ocean to ensure it benefits it’s citizens, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Hon Peter Munya has said.
CS Munya said the economic zone which is equivalent to 41 per cent of Kenya’s land mass is resource rich and ready to be sustainably exploited to improve especially the economies of Coastal communities.
On the fourth leg of his working tour in Coastal counties, Hon Munya praised the seaweed harvesting and production project in Kwale as an example of what could be attained with diversity in exploiting the resources in the country’s exclusive economic zone.
The CS called for more efforts to initiate such projects to improve earnings.
He asked engineers working on fisheries projects in Kwale County to redouble their effort, speed up the work to ensure it is completed on time to benefit the community. In response, the engineer responsible pledged to finish the work by the end of November.
Hon Munya asked county and national government planners and engineers to emulate their counterparts in Kilifi who have built fish landing bays, processing and cooling facilities close to one another for all functions to be completed within close proximity and sent to the market.
Hon Munya has toured the Galana Kulalu National Irrigation project and model farm plus fisheries and other projects in Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale Counties during the visit.

Today the CS Peter Munya inspected the construction progress of Bachuma DFZ station which was assessed at 70% completion

Today the CS Peter Munya inspected the construction progress of Bachuma DFZ station which was assessed at 70% completion. He was accompanied by PS Livestock Harry Kimtai. He appreciated the progress thus far and the improved performance by the contractor which had initially stalled. The CS indicated that the completion of the project is key to unlocking the livestock economy in the region. He also observed that the Government is already in the process of partnering with stakeholders in running the facility on completion.

Earlier on, the Chief Admnistrative Secretary Madam Ann Nyaga, visited Nyeri county to see the projects under the Kenya climate smart agriculture (KCSAP).

She had discussions with county secretary, regional commisioner, County commissioner and CEC agriculture. In the deliberations was the focus on how to support and engage the youths in such goverment projects as KCSAP, SIVAP and ASDSP.
Also in the discussions were the revival of the former 4K clubs in primary schools across the country.

Among the sites she visited was the Kamangura Earth Dam in Kiria. The dam is currently being renovated, aimed at providing 2500 Nyeri residents with reliable source of water for home use and farming.

Later on, Madam CAS visited the Happy Mothers Group in Nyeri County, a 20 member group that has benefited from KCSAP. The group has established different value chains such as indigenous chicken, onions and kitchen gardens.This has economically empowered the members.

Another site she visited was the Abadare Self help group in Gatarakwa has seen its members through KCSAP, benefit and establish agricultural systems in dairy, tomato tree and drip irrigated kitchen gardens. According to the group’s chairlady, she heard first hand that members are no longer food insecure and has enabled the youths empower other youths through employment.

She also visited the Kieni Dairy Products Limited (KDPL) thats supported by KCSAP. As a producer organisation, she was informed that Kieni Dairy will get machinery for milk pasteurization of milk and in return the local community will gain income.

She urged the youths in the country to take interest and part in the 24 counties that KCSAP is operating that will enable them gain income in agriculture and also build their capacity while becoming food secure.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CROPS (SUGAR) (GENERAL) REGULATIONS, 2020 AND THE CROPS (SUGAR) (IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND BYPRODUCTS) REGULATIONS, 2020 AND PROGRESS OF LEASING OF THE STATE-OWNED SUGAR MILLS

Ladies and gentlemen
1. I would also like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress made on reforms in the sugar sub-sector. Permit me to recap the steps taken and the key milestones that we have reached up to this point.
2. The Sugar Taskforce Report was launched by His Excellency the President in February 2020. Implementation begun immediately thereafter and is now ongoing.
3. A key element of the Task Force Recommendations was the need to stabilise the sugar industry by strengthening the legal framework. To that end, the Ministry drafted and published two sets of regulations: The Crops (Sugar) (General) Regulations, 2020 and The Crops (Sugar) (Imports, Exports and By-products) Regulations, 2020. The general regulations came into force on the 27th May 2020 whilst the import and export regulations came into force on the 10th July, 2020 after going through the necessary processes, that is to say, stakeholder consultations and public participation. The Regulations are available for download by stakeholders and the general public from the website of the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) website: www.afa.go.ke. I expect that stakeholders have had sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the Regulations and are ready for the implementation phase.

4. Broadly speaking the Crops (Sugar) (General) Regulations 2020 are wide in scope. They cover all aspects of on registration of growers, out growers’ institutions as well as millers and their umbrella bodies. In addition, the regulations cover agreements on sugar and sugar cane products. They also address sugar cane development plans, the milling capacity of millers, the establishment and functions of the sugar cane pricing committees and the implementation of sugar cane testing services and standards.

5. It is our expectation that sugarcane growers will form themselves into institutions registered with Agriculture and Food Authority. This is designed to give growers both formality and visibility. It will also make it easier for farmers to advocate and lobby for their own interests – including for example, for membership to the Sugarcane Pricing Committee. Grower institutions will also make it easier to deliver services to farmers. The National and County Governments are committed to supporting growers in this effort.

6. As with the growers, we expect the millers’ umbrella associations to also register with Agriculture and Food Authority. This is not just for their visibility but also for them to more effectively pursue their interests and also have an organised platform through which they can engage other value chain players as well as regulators.

7. Let me also share some practical thoughts with you about the general reforms we are implementing. I don’t expect the process we have embarked on to be all smooth sailing. It is never easy or painless to revive a sub-sector such as this which has suffered a myriad of governance, financial and regulatory failures and set-backs. There are vested interests, that is, those who benefit from a chronically weak sugar subsector. They won’t be happy with the reforms now underway. The Ministry’s approach is to be as inclusive as possible. I believe that a prosperous Sugar sector can benefit all players. That means that any short-run pain that some stakeholders may experience is more than off-set by large, long term gains for all.

8. The second set of regulations that we have published are those covering imports and exports. On 2nd July 2020, the government temporarily suspended the importation of sugar. The trigger for this action was excess importation of sugar in the first half of the year which led to serious market distortions, one example of which were low sugar prices at factory level. Imports that undermine the local industry and depress farmers’ incomes are neither desirable nor sustainable.

9. It is with the aim of safeguarding the local industry and improving the farmers’ income that the Ministry gazetted the Crops (Sugar) (Imports, Exports and By-products) Regulations, 2020. These regulations will govern a number of key issues: the registration of sugar importers and exporters, the determination of sugar distribution in the market; the re-packaging and re-branding of sugar consignments as well as curbing contraband sugar.

In order to promote awareness in the sector, I have directed that an abridged version of the regulations be produced in form of guidelines for stakeholders. Importers are advised to study both the regulations and the guidelines as they begin to apply for registration and apply for the annual permits. Going forward, no sugar will be imported or exported outside the framework of these regulations and guidelines.

10. Finally, let me update you on our efforts to attract new investments into the sugar sub-sector. As you are aware, the Ministry received Cabinet approval to invite investors to take long-term leases on the five state-owned Mills: Chemelil Sugar Company Ltd, Muhoroni Sugar Company (In receivership) Ltd, Miwani Sugar Company (In receivership) Ltd, Nzoia Sugar Company Ltd and Sony Sugar Company Ltd. The procurement process for those leases are on track in line with Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015. An International Expression of Interest was advertised on 10th July 2020 and will close on 3rd August 2020. Thereafter, we shall send out a Request for Proposal, RFP, to all the firms prequalified at the Expression of Interest stage.

11. Let me take this opportunity to give members of the public the following assurances:

(a) The Ministry is committed to a transparent, credible and accountable process. We want to attract and finally secure only those investors we think serious and worthy enough to partner the government in the revival of the sugar industry in Kenya. I therefore take this early opportunity to invite you all for the public opening of the International Expression of Interest (IEOI) scheduled to take place at the Agriculture and Food Authority Headquarters on 4th August 2020 at 14:00 hrs.

(b) That the Ministry has had excellent consultations with the governors in the sugar belt on this issue and I am happy to announce that there is no impasse between the Governors and the National Government. The leasing process is on course.

Conclusion
12. Let me end on a high note: The future of the sugar industry has never been brighter. We can have a sector that both rewards the farmer and makes sugar affordable to consumers. May I urge all the stakeholders including the members of the public to support this effort.

Thank You.

HON PETER MUNYA, MGH
CABINET SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES AND COOPERATIVES

CS Hon Peter Munya visits Nzoia and Mumias Sugar companies to assess the status of the sugar factories for himself.

Today CS Hon Peter Munya visited Nzoia and Mumias Sugar companies to assess the status of the sugar factories for himself. This was part of the grand tour of Western Kenya by four Cabinet Secretaries to assess the state of all government projects with a view to reviving them. The CS said that the government has written off all debts owed to the government by sugar factories amounting to over 60 billion – 11 billion for Nzoia Sugar alone. He explained that this was done to make the factories more attractive to serious investors. In Nzoia, there was some resistance to a private investor, but the CS was firm terming the resistance anti-development. The same applies to Mumias Sugar although in its case further negotiations are needed because it is a private company. In Mumias, the audience was hugely in favour of a private investor to take over.

Today Madam CAS Hon Linah Jebii Kilimo toured Livestock and Fisheries projects in Makueni County.

Today Madam CAS Hon Linah Jebii Kilimo had a busy day in Makueni County. The CAS toured Livestock and Fisheries projects within the county. These included a newly completed milk cooling plant at Kathonzweni, a fish hatchery at Wote ATC, a chicken slaughter house at Kisite and finally officially launched an aquaponics demonstration project at Kwothithe Secondary School.

The CAS noted the importance of fish farming projects both for income generation and for improved nutritional security and which is suitable at family level and needs only minimal space. She also stressed the importance of value addition on all agricultural produce as a means of improving family incomes.