Farmers in Kenya will soon have an easy access and affordable agro-chemicals, thanks to China’s commitment to invest heavily in the country’s agro-chemical industry.
This will perhaps reduce the high cost of imported fertilizer, late access and cases of substandard farm chemicals that is costing farmers heavily.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2nd China-Africa Agro-chemicals Summit and Exhibition in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Willy Bett welcomed more Chinese investors to exploit grey areas in Kenya’s agricultural sector in a bid to help farmers in the country to better their yields.
He said that the next phase of Sino-Kenya agricultural cooperation will focus on development of a robust fertilizer and pesticide manufacturing sector.
“Kenya has been collaborating with China in the field of agriculture to enhance productivity of this sector. We encourage more Chinese investors to explore our agrochemical industry that has potential for growth,” Bett said.
He explained that Kenya’s regulatory agencies had streamlined issuance of permits to encourage foreign direct investment in the agro-chemicals industry, adding that the country is keen on adopting China’s technology and innovations to boost production of environmental-friendly pesticides and fertilizers
Speaking during the event, Evelyn Lusenaka, CEO of the Agro-chemicals Association of Kenya reiterated the need to encourage more external players to invest in the country’s agricultural sector in order to increase competitiveness that will benefit a local farmer.
This forum comes at the time when farmers in the maize farmers in Rift Valley and Western Kenya are counting losses due to alleged substandard fertilizer issued by the government.
This year, most maize farmers in the region planted late in the season due to delays in fertilizer delivery.
The exhibition which ended yesterday the at Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi has attracted at least 40 Chinese firms.