President Ruto commits to boost Kenya’s export performance

President William Ruto has committed to boosting Kenya’s export performance and creating millions of jobs.

Speaking during the opening of the 13th Parliament on Thursday, Ruto said his administration is on a mission to dramatically scale up productivity in agriculture and make sure that every Kenyan farmer, fisherman and pastoralist contributes to sustainable economic growth.

He said this would be achieved by contributing to adequate and affordable food, generating greater incomes and producing the raw materials required by the agro-industrial and manufacturing value chains.

Consequently, the Head of State also stated that his government has been deliberate in efforts to restore sanity and introduce greater responsibility in the management of public resources.

One significant intervention he said is the resolve to abandon consumption subsidies in favour of supporting and investing in production.

“This is why we have made available fertilizer for our farmers at cheaper rates of Ksh 3500 per 50 kg bag down from Ksh 6500. We are exploring further mechanisms to bring these prices down,” he added.

On the ongoing drought in the country, Ruto noted that his government has already embarked on the distribution of relief supplies to 3.5 million Kenyans who are affected by drought in 23 arid and semi-arid counties to ease the ravaging effects.

“The ultimate solution to the drought cycle in our country is mitigation of climate change and its adverse effects. We must act urgently to keep global heating levels below 1.5 degrees centigrade, help those in need, promote the use of renewable energy and thus end addiction to fossil fuels,” he said.

A report by the National Drought Management Authority in September said the drought situation continued to worsen in twenty (20) of the 23 ASAL counties.

This is attributed to the failure of four consecutive seasons with the forecast for OND predicting the likely of fifth season underperforming.

The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is projected to increase to 4.35 million by October 2022.

Ten (10) counties namely; Isiolo, Mandera, Samburu, Kajiado, Tharaka Nithi, Turkana, Wajir, Laikipia, Tana River and Marsabit are under Alarm drought phase while Ten (10) counties including Embu, Garissa, Kitui, Makueni, Meru, Narok, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Kilifi are in Alert drought phase.

The remaining three (3) counties including Baringo, West Pokot and Lamu are in the normal drought phase.

The worsening household food security situation has resulted in acute malnutrition rates noted across the counties with 942,000 cases of children aged 6-59 months acutely malnourished and 134,000 cases of pregnant or lactating women acutely malnourished in need of treatment.

  

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