Kirinyaga county governor Ann waiguru says the county government has aligned its development agenda with national government ‘s the big four agenda in manufacturing, health care, affordable housing and food security.
In manufacturing the host governor to the 6th annual devolution conference says her government is committed to adopt industrial agriculture as opposed to the current subsistent farming citing that the county is the leading producer of coffee,tomatoes and rice.
“We produce 54,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year,” said Governor Waiguru.
She said the county has also launched the Wezesha Kirinyaga programme to empower youth and women to engage in agri-business that can spur the growth in the county.
The Wezesha programme is being funded by the World Bank.
Governor Waiguru said her government is committed to assisting the youth noting that there are projects for producing Makademia and Avacado seedlings being undertaken by the youth.
Also Speaking in the conference Kiambu governor Ferdinand waititu has lamented the slow implementation of the big four agenda as a collaborated endeavor with the national government saying some of the pillars like affordable housing and food security have been derailed by mother ministries which he says have completely refused to devolve funds to counties to commence the projects.
He said implementation of the Big 4 Agenda should start right from the county level.
Waititu however lauded the ministry of health for its effort in making the health pillar under the Big four Agenda a success under the UHC programme.
He called on the national government to clearly expound on the county government role in the articulation and implementation of the big four agenda.