Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and
Fisheries Willy Bett told journalists in Nairobi that when
the scheme is fully operational it will require that every
public procuring entity to ensure that at last 30 percent
of its procurement value every financial year is allocated
to smallholder farmers.
will transform the incomes of small scale farmers given
that national and county governments procure food items
worth over 150 million U.S. dollars annually,” Bett said
during a workshop on strengthening smallholder farmers’
small scale farmers are not recognized by public
procurement law as they are not organized as legal
entities. A multi-sectoral taskforce is currently
finalizing the development of the scheme.
“We will then
present the draft scheme to Cabinet for review and
approval,” Bett said.
He added that
implementation of the scheme should begin early next year.
ministry of agriculture indicates that small holder
farmers account for 75 percent of the total agricultural
output and 70 percent of all marketed agricultural produce
in the country.