​10% of Kenya’s Revenue Goes to Agriculture

By Fred Deya
Ten percent of Kenya’s total revenue is allocated to agricultural sector with a portion of this given on seed development because seeds also determine upper limit of productivity says Mrs. Cicily Kariuki, the principal secretary agriculture. Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy where 75% of agricultural producers are smallholder farmers, said Mrs. Kariuki during the recent launch of comprehensive program on Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa (ISSD-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya.


Mrs. Kariuki said that the growth of agriculture is highly dependent on vibrant seed industry and ISSD- Africa sensitizes and improves smallholder farmers’ access seeds of superior varieties. “ I wish to urge both local and foreign seed companies to enhance their seed research, multiplication and trade in order to improve on food security in our continent”, said Mrs Kariuki. She urged Seed Trade Association of Kenya (STAK) to adopt ways to improve the informal seed sectors providing seeds to many farmers and to coordinate with seed business experts to ensure that high standards are maintained.

 

 

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