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Kenya looking for other ways to boost agriculture exports
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, vegetables and fruits to foreign markets.
“We are working on a strategy whereby we are going to give priority to food crops for export as opposed to favouring traditional export crops,” Bett said in Nairobi after signing trade agreements with Ireland on agriculture.
He noted that the government is promoting sustainable intensification and a strong focus on consumer insight and market-led growth.
“We plan to prioritise knowledge transfer, appropriate incentives and improved producer and market structures,” he said.
“Farming is crucial for Kenya’s economy hence the need to expand commercialisation and competitiveness of the commodities,” he said.
He said Ireland plans to distribute high quality potatoes to help improve the value chain for potatoes in Kenya.
Publication date: 11/10/2017
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