Wednesday 25 July, Kitui. By Brian Peter
The CECM Agriculture has gone a step further in ensuring effective transformation of Kitui County agriculture from small-scale subsistence to a sustainable, innovative and commercially oriented risk-free venture.
The first giant step towards achieving this goal came yesterday, when the CECM Emanuel Kisangau chaired a public-private dialogue meeting at the Kitui Agricultural Training College, which saw all the key state and non-state players come together to form a technical working group for the drafting of smart agricultural policies that will be integrated into the County Integrated Development Plans II (CIDP 2018-2022). The forum brought together CSOs and NGOs like KDC and USAID; major players in the agricultural sector like Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity (KCDMS); financial institutions like Equity Bank of Kenya, KIWASH, Research institutions like SEKU; among other stakeholders in the agricultural sector. The CO Agriculture James Songolo Mbii, the director chamber of commerce Mr. James Ngene, Deputy Director County Treasury( department of Economic Planning) Mr. Fidhelis Mwaniki, Kitui County Attorney Rachael Osendo; were among the distinguished guests who attended the forum.
The technical working group will be composed of eight non-state members and seven members from the county government. It will be chaired by the CECM Agriculture Mr Emanuel Kisangau, and will work in close consultation with the county attorney Rachael Osendo. Their first meeting was scheduled for 9th August 2018, where the members are expected to commence the process of drafting agricultural policies for the integration into the CIDP II.
Speaking at the event, the CECM stressed the need for clear defined policies that will shield agricultural projects from political interferences.
“There is need for a participatory approach to provision of agricultural extension advisory and water services,” Said Mr. Kisangau. “That is the best way we shall achieve food security, transform agriculture for food security and agribusiness; and actualize our governor’s manifesto objectives: food, water and wealth creation.”
According to ministerial records, Kitui county currently has four flagship projects, namely: Dairy development, modern beef production, the Green grams project (dubbed the Ndengu Revolution), and bee keeping/ honey production.