Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy, due to its significance in contributing to economic growth.
Farmers in Kenya are involved in both small and large-scale farming of crops and livestock.
Cabinet secretary for Agriculture Will Bett said that agriculture is heavily devolved with counties working to bring out better livelihoods through youths and donor funding in communities.
The CS was speaking to various agriculture stakeholders in Nairobi during the launch of Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) that aims at rising Africa through transformative agriculture.
“Our strive in Africa is to make agriculture competitive globally and to maintain agricultural standards and market requirements,” marked Bett.
The CS maintained that technology will help boost the agricultural sector not only Kenya but in the entire African region and thus increase productivity through certified quality seeds.
Mr. Bett also applauded the media industry for good efforts it is putting in on agricultural coverage by slotting airspace for agriculture saying that this is a good way to engage the youth in both private and public agricultural sectors.
The Canadian Agricultural and Food Security program has also partnered with other organizations in Africa to ensure agricultural transformation by helping farmers and consumers focus on food security and improving nutrition.
Kenya has invested Ksh. 33 million in a capacity and mentoring program for youth in the poultry and fisheries value chains in partnerships with the United States International University in Africa (USIU).
The Agriculture Ministry together with the government will officially hold AGRF launch later in September this year.
Kenya will be launching the event for the first time in Africa.