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Nine governors jet back after two week trip in Germany

17 October 2014, 20:58 Davis Wekesa

Nairobi - Nine Governors from agriculture based economy counties in Western, Mt. Kenya and Northern Kenya regions yesterday jetted back in the country after a two weeks long trip in Germany.

Speaking to News24, council of governors whip Kenneth Lusaka said they had learnt some more on the necessary framework conditions and appropriate packages/ approaches to boost agriculture.

“The Governors have developed clear strategies and plans, on how to profitably invest in agricultural vocational training, extension services and transfer of research results and technologies, in order to professionalize traditional farming systems,”said Lusaka.

He said these investments will directly benefit communities through creating profitable enterprises, increased incomes and job opportunities for thousands of populations that includes the youth at the counties.

The governors included Peter Munya (Meru), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Nderitu Gachagua (Nyeri), Joseph Ndathi (Kirinyaga and Ukur Yattani (Marsabit), Martin Wambora (Embu) Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega),and Joseph nanok Turkana.

Lusaka further said In addition, awareness has been created on how to make best use of agriculture based cooperative and associations at county and national levels in order to share machinery and equipment, to market produce, sell to lucrative markets for organic products, transfer innovate technologies and to give service to the members.

During the last part of the study visit, Governor Lusaka from Bungoma and Peter Munya from Meru counties, learnt more about the German Cooperation and their activities in Kenya.

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According to Lusaka the German Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) explained that Germany is the second largest bilateral donor in Kenya, in Agriculture, Water and Health priority programs.

 Financial Cooperation is implemented through the German KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau), Technical Cooperation is implemented by GIZ, both, long term partners of German cooperation in Kenya.

The governors discussed with KfW on investments in rural roads in Western Kenya will start by mid- November 2014, while Phase 4 of the smallholder irrigation program in Mt. Kenya region(SIPMK) is ready for signing of contract and launching.

Other investments for the counties that will spur growth, create profitable enterprises and job opportunities for the youth and accelerate socioeconomic development in counties in Western Kenya of Bungoma, Siaya and Kakamega will be identified during a feasibility study that is planned in December 2014.

 Investment on agriculture development will be replicated in Marsabit and Turkana Counties, where a feasibility study will be carried out to  identify the most suitable investments options in Agriculture, livestock and related infrastructure such as irrigation.

GIZ (German Technical Cooperation), invited the nine Governors together with representatives from the national government confirmed continuous support, closer and stronger bilateral partnership to county Governments to build capacities in order to attract and manage more investments from donors in a sustainable way.

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