(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
ministry of agriculture on Friday announced plans to
revamp maize and sugar sub sectors to ensure that
farmers get their maximum profit.
Kiunjuri, cabinet secretary ministry for
agriculture, livestock, fisheries and irrigation,
said that the taskforce that was set up to identify
the challenges in the sector is aimed at finding
lasting solution in the sub sectors.
"We are purely going to rely on the views of the
farmers in our plans to revamp the sub sector that
used to perform well but has nosedived due to
manmade problems," Kiunjuri told journalists.
He said that under the new arrangement, farmers
will be required to play a major role in the
management of the two sectors.
He revealed that the long awaited national maize
task force report will officially be unveiled late
"Farmers’ concerns, including governance, will be
addressed to enable the sub sector contribute to the
country’s national gross domestic product (GDP) as
well as create employment opportunities to the job
seekers, " Kiunjuri said.
He said that the taskforce on maize sub sector
has completed its public hearings and are currently
validating their findings before coming up with the
Kiunjuri said the ministry is awaiting a
supplementary budget to get approval from parliament
to pay farmers a total of 2.9 million shillings
(about 29,000 U.S. dollars).
The Kenyan official however cautioned sugarcane
farmers to beware of cartels that are out to ruin
the sub sector.
He observed that it is unfortunate that globally
sugar industries are performing but in Kenya the
five state-owned sugar mills continue to perform
poorly even after bailouts by the government. Yet,
the six privately owned millers perform so well.
Kiunjuri noted that the government is also
realigning the fertilizer industry with the aim of
improving food production in the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta formed the taskforce on
maize to address the problems in the sector and find
lasting solution in late Oct. 2018.
This followed protests by maize farmers whose
payments were delayed by National Cereals and
Produce Board despite delivering the commodity.
Kiunjuri also formed taskforce on sugar subsector
in late November 2018 to address the challenge of
the non performance of the industry.