Good roads crucial for success of agriculture sector, says Murkomen
Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has pledged to complete all ongoing road projects as one way of supporting farmers to access markets for their produce.
According to the CS, a total of 1,000 kilometers of roads are currently under construction with 469 kilometers being constructed by the Kenya Rural Roads Authority while the remaining 531 kilometers were being undertaken by the Kenya National Highways Authority.
“It will be unfair for me to speak about only agriculture without speaking about the connection between agriculture and the market which is the responsibility of my ministry,” said the CS.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure that we have raised the necessary revenue that can enable us to complete this infrastructure. We will do everything possible to ensure that our farmers are not stuck when they are taking their produce to the market,” added Murkomen.
He was speaking at Kabiru-ini showground in Nyeri when he officially opened the 55th edition of the Central Kenya National Show on behalf of President William Ruto.
In his speech read by the CS, President Ruto promised to revitalize the sector in a bid to increase productivity and increase incomes for farmers.
Ruto said his agriculture revitalization plan will revolve around reducing the cost of production, investing in technologies to help farmers mitigate the effects of climate change, and investing in value addition.