Kenya hosts successful agriculture & nutrition data conference

Kenya successfully hosted the Ministerial Global Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (Godan) which was held alongside the 4th Agritec Africa International Exhibition (Agritec) in Nairobi on June 14-16, 2017.

The high-level meeting underlined the need to make agricultural and nutritional data available, accessible, usable and unrestricted in order to facilitate planning in agriculture. This, they noted, will increase opportunities of data-driven agricultural growth for posterity.

Delegates in the conference which was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries, included several Agriculture Ministers from Africa, Executive Director of Godan Andre Laperriere, President of the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Dr. Agnes Kalibata, academicians, researchers and private sector entrepreneurs.

Government receives pesticides to fight Fall Army Worm

The Kenya Government on July 5 2017, received a donation of pesticides worth Sh.10 million from a leading Agro-chemical company –Bayer East Africa to complement the Government fight against the Fall Army Worm which has ravaged maize and other cereal crops in high agricultural regions of the country.
The pesticides were handed over to the Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Mr. Willy Bett by Bayer East Africa Managing Director Mr. Eric Bureau.
The Governement has spent over Sh.325m to fight the rare pest since it was discovered in the country in March 2017. Bett asked other stakeholders to join hands in fighting the destructive pest.

Kenya, Zambia agree to ease trade between them

Kenya, Zambia agree to ease trade between them

Kenya and Zambia on July 4, 2017, signed an agreement aimed at reducing trade barriers which hindered free flow of agricultural goods and other basic commodities into the two countries.

The agreement was signed in Nairobi by Kenya’s Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Mr. Willy Bett and Zambia’s Agriculture Minister Ms. Dora Siliya.

The pact advocates the removal of unnecessary tarriffs and introduction of fast lanes in the two friendly countres’ ports in order to facilitate movement of goods into each other.