Kenya and Japan to enhance cooperation in agricultural sector

Kenya and Japan will increase cooperation in the agricultural sector in order to enhance production in all sectors, Agriculture CS Willy Bett said.

The cooperation will be in manufacturing and processing, food safety, distribution, marketing and livestock and fisheries sub-sectors through public-private partnerships.

While holding bilateral talks with the Japanese vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ktsuo Yakura on Friday, Bett said that mechanization in agriculture was the way to go to bring down cost of food production and its value chain.

Agricultural mechanization is one of the major agricultural production inputs and a catalyst for rural development in Kenya, he observed.

Bett and Yakura who met in Kilimo House agreed that Kenya and Japan have enjoyed cordial relations for long and traded between each other though the balance of trade was still in favor of Japan.

Japan is the largest trading partner of Kenya and is currently supporting Kenya’s agricultural activities through provision of tractors and farm machinery, fish processing plants, rice production and agricultural research.

The proposed areas of cooperation will include expansion of rice promotion in Western Kenya, mitigation of effects of climate change and exploitation of the blue economy.

The deal, the two primaries said, will be sealed in a Memorandum of Cooperation to be signed between the two countries soon.

Source: Kenya News Agency.