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Kenya mulls ways to diversify exports to help grow agriculture       

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --Kenya plans to redouble efforts in growing food crops to help diversify exports and boost agriculture, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett said that under the new approach, Kenya will export food crops and fisheries products besides tea, coffee, vegetables and fruits to foreign markets.

“We are working on a strategy whereby we are going to give priority to food crops and textile for export as opposed to favoring traditional export crops,” Bett said in Nairobi after signing trade agreements with Ireland on fisheries and agriculture.

He noted that the government is promoting sustainable intensification and a strong focus on consumer insight and market-led growth.

“We plan to prioritize knowledge transfer, appropriate incentives and improved producer and market structures,” he said.

Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney announced that Ireland will support Kenya’s fisheries, aquaculture, trade in fish and fishery products and marine fisheries management.

“Farming and fisheries are crucial for Kenya’s economy hence the need to expand commercialization and competitiveness of the commodities,” he said.


NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Simon Coveney (L), Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Japheth Ntiba, Principal Secretary of State Department of Fisheries display a copy of the “Ireland-Kenya Agri-Food Strategy 2017-2021” during its launch in Nairobi, Nov. 8, 2017. The strategy plan which specifically focuses on agri-food identifies the objectives, outcomes and principles of engagement by which inclusive economic growth will be assessed and achieved.  XINHUA PHOTO: CHARLES ONYANGO

He said Ireland plans to distribute high quality potatoes to help improve the value chain for potatoes in Kenya.



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