Busia County Government decries low budget allocation

The Busia county government says the national budgetary allocation for agriculture is below expected.

This year the sector saw the National Treasury allocate 6% of the Ksh. 3.07 Trillion budget.

While both the Maputo Declaration of 2003 and the Malabo Declaration on Agriculture transformation of 2014 have called on African countries to increase funding to agriculture to 10% most countries are still falling short.

Now the Busia County Director of Agriculture Samson Khachina is urging the national government to consider raising funding to the sector.

While some have argued that the sum total of funding to enabler sectors like irrigation, infrastructure, trade and agriculture far surpass the 10% envisaged by the continental body the African Union Summit, this according to the Director does not add up.

Busia County has now embarked on ensuring that farmers are able to access certified seeds for cotton to help boost yields.

He says efforts to revamp some of the ginneries that shut due to mismanagement is ongoing.

Vegetable oil, soap, lint for making of fabrics and animal feeds are some of the products that can be made from cotton.

  

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