Government kicks off plans to spur growth in agriculture sector

The government has embarked on a raft of reforms to spur production and streamline operations in the Agriculture sector.

Key in the restructuring is the disbandment and subsequent merger of the Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) and the National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) as part of measures taken to consolidate the grain basket towards the realization of food security in the country.

The Agriculture Food Authority (AFA) directorate was also tasked with carrying out inspection and certification process of NCPB stores where farmers dry their maize to reduce cases of aflatoxin to ensure that the grains were safe for public consumption.

This was done under the Food Crops Regulations that were drafted pursuant to Section 40 of the Crops Act 2013. The Act gives authority to the CS Agriculture to draft and actualize laws that give life to the Crops Act 2013 which outlines broad guidelines on regulating the Agriculture Sector in Kenya.

Leonard Kubok the Interim Head, Food Crops Directorate at AFA says that the Food Crops regulations 2019 were approved for implementation by Parliament in May this year.

“We embarked on inspecting 121 NCPB warehouses in two phases and we have so far covered our silos in West Pokot, TransNzoia, Uasin Gishu, Nairobi and lower Eastern where we certified 26 of the stores and silos which scored more than 90 per cent of the total check list”, he said.

– Source KNA