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Governors want to control agricultural levies

23 August 2014, 08:55 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The crops levies and charges should be collected by counties so that they can be utilized for improvement of agriculture at the county level, three governors said on Friday.

Governor Jack Ranguma (Kisumu), David Nkendienye (Kajiando), and Nderitu Gachagua (Nyeri) said plans are underway to have laws governing agriculture sector are uniform across the counties.

Speaking at Outspan Hotel Nyeri, the governors said the Agricultural committee in the Governors Council has commenced spearheading the roll out of a county legislative roadmap in regard to agriculture.

They however said there was a need to review and generate county-tailored legislations so as to streamline production and marketing standards practices.

“The laws must be developed under the ambit of constant participatory mechanisms and also seek to conform to international standards on agriculture,” they said.

The governors added that laws governing the sector should be aimed at enhancing value addition for all farmers and cement the role of counties in undertaking their agriculture function.

“We are committed to ensuring that farmers reap the benefits of their labour and that eventually the economy of the entire nation is transformed. Devolution is aimed at ameliorating service delivery at the lowest level,” noted the governors.

The three governors issued the statement after an agricultural forum organized by Agricultural Industry Network.

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