NAIROBI– Agricultural experts in Kenya have called on the government to increase the budget allocation for agriculture in the coming fiscal year to effectively drive the country’s food security agenda.
The experts expressed concern over the small impact which previous allocations have had in achieving the set targets for the agricultural sector.
The National Treasury is expected to table the 2018/2019 budget in Parliament next month with the Budget expected to hit 2.5 trillion shillings (about 24.7 billion US dollars).
According to the Draft Budget Policy Statement from the National Treasury, the agriculture, rural and urban development sector has been allocated 38.9 billion shillings, which the Treasury says will ensure the prioritized programmes are fully implemented.
However, the experts are calling for an increased allocation for the agricultural the sector to more than 10 per cent of the total budget. According to them, the impact of the budgetary allocations to the sector over the years had been minimal.
They are also calling for more incentives to be given to farmers and for institutional support to diversify food supplies. They say that a policy change is needed so as to effectively support the country’s food security agenda.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK