Saturday 02 August 2014

President Kibaki launches Kenya Agricultural Sector Development Strategy(ASDS)

The Government, through the ministry of Agriculture, has developed a new Agriculture Sector Development Strategy to guide further development of the country’s agricultural sector.The strategy’s objective is to achieve an agricultural growth of 7 per cent per year over the next five years. It aims at positioning the agricultures sector strategically as a key driver for sustained economic growth.

President Mwai Kibaki launched the new strategy at KICC, Nairobi recently, where he stressed the important role the agriculture sector played in the economic sustenance of the country. The strategy is in line with recommendations by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development programme (CAADP).Flanked by Agriculture minister, Dr. Sally Kosgei, President Kibaki  said, “Our aim is to transform Kenya’s agricultural sector into a profitable economic activity capable of attracting private investments and providing gainful employment for our people.’’

He added that the Government will institute policy, legal and regulatory reforms so that individual farmers feel encouraged to shift from subsistence production to market –oriented  commercial production.President Kibaki encouraged farmers to shift from subsistence production to market-oriented commercial agriculture to benefit more from the reforms sector.

The Head of State attributed the persistent famine in African countries to underdevelopment of the agriculture sector which forced the continent to remain a net importer of food and agricultural products.The Government, through the ministry of Agriculture, has developed a new Agriculture Sector Development Strategy to guide further development of the country’s agricultural sector.

The strategy’s objective is to achieve an agricultural growth of 7 per cent per year over the next five years. It aims at positioning the agricultures sector strategically as a key driver for sustained economic growth.President Mwai Kibaki launched the new strategy at KICC, Nairobi recently, where he stressed the important role the agriculture sector played in the economic sustenance of the country. The strategy is in line with recommendations by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development programme (CAADP).

Flanked by Agriculture minister, Dr. Sally Kosgei, President Kibaki  said, “Our aim is to transform Kenya’s agricultural sector into a profitable economic activity capable of attracting private investments and providing gainful employment for our people.’’He added that the Government will institute policy, legal and regulatory reforms so that individual farmers feel encouraged to shift from subsistence production to market –oriented  commercial production.

President Kibaki encouraged farmers to shift from subsistence production to market-oriented commercial agriculture to benefit more from the reforms sector.The Head of State attributed the persistent famine in African countries to underdevelopment of the agriculture sector which forced the continent to remain a net importer of food and agricultural products.

 

 President Mwai Kibaki presents the signed CAADP Compact to Agriculture Minister Dr. Sally Kosgei after he officially launched the Agriculture Sector Development Strategy (ASDS) at KICC, Nairobi.

He called on African countries to consider increasing investment in irrigated agriculture so as to achieve more than 50 per cent of its irrigation potential by 2020 while ensuring farmers have good access to markets for their products.Agriculture Minister, Dr. Sally Kosgei, said Sector ministries have jointly prepared the ASDS( 2010-2020), as a follow up of vision 2030, and in line with CAADP, and hence; the blue-print that forms the basis of collaboration and sector-wide approach to agricultural development.

She pointed out that as a revision of the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture(SRA), the ASDS has incorporated  not only the successes but also lessons learnt from the SRA to provide the framework for stimulating, guiding and directing progressive agricultural growth and development in the next ten years.

“Another fundamental change in this strategy is the focus on involving the private sector and farmers not only in agricultural development but also in the provision of services such as research, extension and quality control,’’ she stressed.CAADP is the culmination of the then OAU Heads of State and Governments which endorsed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development in 2001. During this occasion, they made clear the critical role agriculture  needed to play in successful efforts towards reducing food insecurity and poverty.

The specific agenda for agricultural development was endorsed by Heads of State and Government, as  the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme(CAADP), and was consolidated as the AU Maputo declaration, June 2003, Maputo, Mozambique.CAAPD’s specific objective is to support country-driven agricultural development strategies and programmes by establishing clear commitment to deliver on specific targets.

Key among these include the requirements for governments to invest 10 per cent of national budgets in the agricultural sector and achieving a 6% growth in the agricultural GDP.

 
     

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