MOMBASA, 5th September 2019, (PSCU) — President Uhuru Kenyatta today outlined the measures his administration is taking in order to enhance agricultural productivity in the country.
The President who underscored the importance of agriculture as a key driver of country’s industrialization strategy challenged Kenyans to fully utilize the potential of the sector.
He acknowledged the importance of the sector to the country’s economy saying the country’s Vision 2030 will largely be delivered through a performing agricultural sector.
“In 2018, the agricultural sector was the largest contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our nation, accounting for a direct contribution of 32 per cent of GDP and an additional 27 per cent of GDP, through linkages with manufacturing,” the President said.
“The theme of this year’s Show “Promoting Innovations and Technology in Agriculture and Trade” is most appropriate and resonates well with our nation’s aspiration to be an industrialized middle income country by 2030. In our context, agriculture is key to our industrialization strategy as most of our industries are agro–based,” he added.
President Kenyatta who spoke when he presided over the official opening of this year’s Mombasa International Show said the government is implementing a 10-year comprehensive Agriculture Sector Transformation Growth Strategy, which seeks to boost incomes from agriculture.
“This is a decade-long process that will support modernization of agriculture, increase value addition by moving from primary production towards processing and retail,” the President said.
As part of the far-reaching reforms in the sector, the President said the government is implementing legal and policy reforms to support youth and women to engage in agriculture and agribusiness.