The Presidential Economic Transformation Secretariat has held a consultative meeting with the County Executive and Assembly to rope in the County Government onto the Kenya Kwanza Government economic transformation agenda.
Dr. Dominic Menjo, from the Secretariat, took the team through the agenda that particularly targets a paradigm shift to Kenya’s agricultural sector.
He met the Executive Members led by County Secretary Paul Chemmuttut, CECs Edwin Seroney (Agriculture), Robert Kangogo (Cooperatives), Michael Kibiwott (Health) as well as Assembly Members led by Majority Leader Steve Cheruiyot and Nominated MCA Rose Kimoi.
Dr. Menjo said President William Ruto’s government was keen on reviving Kenya’s agricultural production to reduce imports and grow exports.
“Agriculture still remains our economy’s bedrock support at 75% but our potential is not fully exploited. We want to change that through this ambitious plan,” he said.
The official said Kenya has sufficient land which, if well utilised, can make the country a key world food producer and exporter.
He said the Kenya Kwanza Government wants to change the model of agriculture to develop value chains to the extent they can fund value addition, create employment and wealth.
“This will be through the cooperative movement. We want all value chains organized into Cooperatives so that farmers can run their farms as profitable enterprises,” added Dr. Menjo.
Seroney assured Dr. Menjo that the County Government was ready to support the President’s agenda on agriculture.
“We have a strong cooperative sector in this County and our Governor is spearheading the strengthening of existing ones and the formation of more to leverage on their potential,” he said.
Dr. Menjo lauded the Elgeyo Marakwet County’s economic charter which was signed by President Ruto prior to ascending to the presidency saying it was the best in the country.
“Out of the 47 charters, yours had detailed data that helped us craft interventions for your County. We shall support you achieve your economic aspirations,” he said.
Earlier, CEC Seroney hosted a team from Nyeri County who also visited the County on a bench marking tour to learn from the success of the County’s Agricultural Sector Development Support Program (ASDSP).