By Isabella Maua
The World Bank has rolled out KSh 50 billion to Kenyan government in it’s quest towards improving agricultural production in Counties.
The partnership seeks to implement five key World Bank priority projects; National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP),Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP), National Agriculture Value Chain Development Project (NAVCDP), Emergency Locust Response Program, Kenya (ELRP) and Food Systems Resilience Program, Kenya (FSRP).
Speaking during the Annual World Bank – County Consultative meeting in Mombasa, Bungoma Governor and Chair Council of Governors Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives Committee; Kenneth Lusaka recognized the huge contribution of the World Bank in transformation of the Country’s agricultural sector.
“We acknowledge your relentless effort to foster sustainable and transformative agricultural development for the betterment of our cherished nation,” he said.
The Chair assured the council’s commitment to advance the value chain production in counties, noting that they will safeguard all funded projects to enhance sustainability.
“I wish to assure this gathering of the unwavering commitment by the Council of Governors to continue supporting all the county governments to ensure effective implementation of the new operations while ensuring prudent use of the resources for the benefit of all our farmers,” he reiterated.
Lusaka urged the county leadership to shun divisive politics since it would hamper the progress of the funded projects.
“Without proper structures and leadership, all these projects will go to waste; let’s be keen to ensure continuity,” the principal cautioned.
The meeting was graced by, among others, County Executive Committee Members (CECMs) and Chief Officers (Agricultural and Finance.)