Kenya allocates 46.8 billion shillings for food and nutrition
The government of Kenya has allocated 46.8 billion shillings for food and nutrition in the budget. National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani offered the stipend and said it would support sector programs.
Of this amount, 4.2 billion shillings will go to the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusiveness Project; 1.7 billion shillings for the Kenya Cereals Improvement Programme; 1.9 billion shillings have been proposed for emergency locust responses; 1.5 billion shillings for the National Value Chain Support Programme; 1.1 billion shillings for the agricultural sector development support programme; 1.5 billion shillings for the small-scale irrigation and value addition project and 690 million shillings for the food security and crop diversification project.
He said the government would further set aside 2.7 billion shillings for the fertilizer subsidy to protect farmers from the high cost of fertilizer for the planting season. This is in addition to the 3 billion shillings allocated recently from the Supplementary Budget 2021/2022.
“To safeguard food security in the country, the government has allocated 3 billion shillings to subsidize farmers during the current planting season. We propose to allocate an additional 2.7 billion shillings in the 2022/2023 financial year to protect farmers while supporting food production,” he said.
He said that in order to maximize the benefits of cash crops, the government will allocate 212.1 million shillings for the upgrading of the cotton cooperative ginneries and another 250.4 million shillings for the revitalization of the industry. cotton.
In terms of improving animal production, the SC has offered 500 million shillings for firefighting in Lamu; 1.7 billion shillings for the Kenya Livestock Come Revitalization program and 121 million shillings for animal production under the Big Four initiative.
He also proposed an allocation of Sh1.9 billion for the Aquaculture Business Development Project; 2.8 billion shillings for the socio-economic development and marine fisheries project in Kenya: 1.3 billion shillings for the exploitation of living resources within the framework of the blue economy; 1 billion shillings for the construction of a fish processing plant in Lamu; 270 million shillings for the development of coastal fishing infrastructure; 210 million shillings for the rehabilitation of fish landing sites in Lake Victoria.
To increase agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change risks in targeted smallholder agricultural and pastoral communities in Kenya, the SC has set aside 147 million shillings for the Climate-Smart Agricultural Productivity Project; 850 million shillings for drought resilience and 178 million shillings for ending drought emergencies in Kenya additionally.
He proposed an allocation of 421 million shillings for the livestock and crop insurance program to reduce the vulnerability of Kenyan farmers to disease and natural disasters. Other proposed allocations include 90 million shillings for cotton industry revitalization, 300 million shillings for fall armyworm mitigation; 200 million shillings for the establishment of a liquid nitrogen plant, 200 million shillings for the embryo transfer project and 250 million shillings for the construction and renovation of the Institute of Leather Sciences.