NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan researcher on Wednesday called on the
government to increase investments in agriculture in order to
boost economic growth.
Tim Njagi, a Research Fellow and Development Economist at the
Tegemeo Institute, an agricultural think tank, told an economic
forum in Nairobi that Kenya’s economy is underperforming due to
low public investments in agriculture.
“Increased investments in agriculture will result in an overall
economic boost for Kenya given that a significant proportion of
the labor force derives livelihood from the sector,” Njagi said
during the Pre-Budget Hearings for the 2018/2019 financial year
that were conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs.
Njagi noted that Kenya is yet to achieve the target of the
Maputo Declaration of Agriculture of 2003, where African nations
committed to devote at least ten percent of national budgets on
noted that the country has allocated approximately 350 million
U.S. dollars or 2.4 percent of the national budget on
agriculture for the 2017/2018 financial year.
added that increasing funding in agriculture will help to unlock
the potential of the sector.
Njagi said the majority of food production is realized by small
scale farmers who need access to modern technology, markets and
affordable credit in order to boost their incomes.
said additional public resources should be devoted to hire
skilled agricultural extension workers who can train farmers on
the latest agricultural techniques.
According to Tegemeo Institute, the declining agricultural
yields among most crops have made the sector unattractive
especially to the the young generation.