World Bank injects Ksh. 22.6B to improve agricultural productivity


World Bank injects Ksh. 22.6B to improve agricultural productivity

The World Bank has launched The National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) at an estimated cost of cost Ksh 22.6 billion aimed at increasing agricultural productivity.

The project which will be rolled out in selected 21 counties , is set to improve livelihoods and reduce vulnerabilities of targeted rural communities.

Speaking during the launch of the project in Embu town, World Bank agricultural economist Ladisy Komba Chengula said the project will increase agricultural productivity and profitability to farmers in the rural areas.

“Out of the 219 Million US Dollars (Ksh. 22.6 billion), The World Bank will provide 200 million dollars and the balance will be topped up the national and the county governments,” said Komba.

Mr. Komba further said that some of the negative impacts and mitigation measures the project intends to address include promoting the participation of the private sector, communities and other stakeholders in create employment, reduce poverty and ensure the sustainability of the agricultural activities in the 21 counties.

“Agriculture is a devolved function and the selected counties will implement the project and the communities will be given a chance to identify areas they want addressed urgently,” said Komba.

Embu County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture Ann Nyaga lauded the injection of the funds saying that farmers will benefit immensely.

“Embu will focus on coffee, dairy, and horticulture because most farmers in our county deal with these crops,” said Ms. Nyaga.

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