Kenya: KSh 1.97 billion allocated for agriculture sector

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In order to accelerate economic growth in Kenya, the country’s Cabinet Secretary National Treasury and Planning Ukur Yatani said the government has launched a comprehensive Economic Stimulus Programme targeting activities in agriculture, food security, health and other sectors.

Speaking while unveiling the 2021-22 budget in Parliament, Yatani said the programme targets to safeguard vulnerable citizens and businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the government has earmarked nearly Ksh 23.1 billion in the FY 2021-22 budget for continuation of this programme.

Out of this, Ksh 1.97 billion has been allocated for improving agriculture and food security.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary National Treasury and Planning said the government has focused on the livestock sector by reviving the Kenya Meat Commission.

He added the government is also planning to set up a meat processing plant in Lamu to provide ready market for livestock and boost income of farmers.