Local manufacturers urged to focus of agro-processing sectors

Written By: Regina Manyara-Gitau

Local manufacturers urged to focus of agro-processing sectors

Local manufacturers are being urged to focus on the pharmaceuticals, textiles, and apparels as well as agro-processing sectors to boost output.

Investment and Industry Principal Secretary Betty Maina says the three sub-sectors have untapped potential that can be utilized as demand for such products continues to grow globally.

The government has embarked on a five-point plan to boost the manufacturing sectors’ output that includes attracting external investors to set up plants in the country, targeting manufacturers that can produce goods for the global market.

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According to PS Betty Maina, investors targeting the manufacturing sector need to focus on key areas the government is aligned with including pharmaceuticals, textiles and apparels, agro-processing among others.

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Maina says the Universal Health coverage pillar will help provide a market for locally manufactured medicines as well as those from the COMESA region.

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Increased investments in the textiles industry are expected to reduce the amounts of cotton that Kenya imports from countries like China and enable Kenya to optimize the AGOA agreement.

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Plans are underway to revitalize various cash crops including coffee, tea, and cotton through value addition to tea and coffee, the introduction of new varieties such as BT cotton and through incentives offered to exporters of value-added products.


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