Several counties have commenced a dialogue on how to ensure food security through working together with research institutions and farmers.
Speaking in Nakuru on Monday during a forum that brought together over 20 CECs from different counties, Busia County CEC for Agriculture and Fisheries Dr.Osia Moses Mwanje said the move is paramount in addressing the challenges facing farmers in various counties.
He said they are now focusing on high improved bean varieties in the country that can help address food security in various counties.
“We are here in Nakuru to dialogue on how we can work with farmers as well as researchers in our counties to address food security issue” said Dr.Mwenje.
Dr.Mwenje commended the African Development Bank that has come out to support the government in addressing food security.
He however appealed to the National government to continue seeking funds from funding institutions to support agriculture which is the backbone of the nation.
According to Dr.Mwenje, the county governments are committed in ensuring support to farmers through field officers as far as production is concerned.
“We are happy that the African Development Bank is supporting Agriculture. But as counties we appeal to the national government to also continue supporting counties in Agriculture. As counties we are committed in ensuring support to farmers” Said Dr.Mwenje.
Dr.Hussein Mohammud from African Development Bank Regional Office in Nairobi on his part reiterating that the bank is committed in funding the Technology for Africa Agricultural Transformation-TAAT.He says this is key in transforming the livelihood in Kenya and Africa as a whole.
“The bank is actually funding the Technology for Africa Agricultural Transformation-TAAT under which we have this forum so as to transform livelihood” he said.
According to Director of Food crops Research Institute at KALRO Dr.Joyce Malinga, there is need for research yielding new varieties of crops that are free from diseases and pests.
She says through partnership they have been able to come up with new varieties of crops that will help address food security hence achieve the big 4 agenda.
“We support the Big 4 agenda as far as food production is concerned and that is why we are coming up with new varieties of crops that are disease and pests free” said Dr.Malinga.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Director of Food crops Research Institute at KALRO Dr.Joyce Malinga addressing media in Nakuru on Monday.