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Kenya mulls ways to diversify exports to help grow agriculture

Kenya plans to redouble efforts in growing food crops to help diversify exports and boost agriculture, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett said that under the new approach, Kenya will export food crops and fisheries products besides tea, coffee, vegetables and fruits to foreign markets.

We are working on a strategy whereby we are going to give priority to food crops and textile for export as opposed to favoring traditional export crops, Bett said in Nairobi after signing trade agreements with Ireland on fisheries and agriculture.

He noted that the government is promoting sustainable intensification and a strong focus on consumer insight and market-led growth.

We plan to prioritize knowledge transfer, appropriate incentives and improved producer and market structures, he said.

Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney announced that Ireland will support Kenyas fisheries, aquaculture, trade in fish and fishery products and marine fisheries management.

Farming and fisheries are crucial for Kenyas economy hence the need to expand commercialization and competitiveness of the commodities, he said.

He said Ireland plans to distribute high quality potatoes to help improve the value chain for potatoes in Kenya.





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