The government has set aside Sh1.5 billion (€11.7 mln) to aid growers and exporters of fresh produce under a stimulus programme. The funding will ensure continuous production of quality yield and maintain the supply chain for both inputs and produce.
The head of horticulture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Joshua Oluyali, said they have already listed their intentions for the funds. He said: “The ministry will mobilise and capacity build producers on good agronomic including responsible use of pest control products and other value chain actors into production and marketing clusters. The clusters will be based on wards and each ward will have one aggregation centre which will serve as a central point where production and marketing activities will be coordinated.”
Additionally, the ministry plans to provide quality infrastructure and other facilities at the aggregation centres and establish pest-free, or low pest prevalent areas to improve compliance to produce standards in the international markets.