Manufacturers want agriculture industrialised to bolster economic growth

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Manufacturers have called on the government to revive and industrialize Kenya’s agriculture sector.

They made the call to action earlier this week during the launch of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Manufacturing Priority Agenda (MPA) 2023.

Speaking during the launch, Principal Secretary (PS), State Department for Investment Promotion, Abubakar Hassan Abubakar noted that the government has prioritized various value chains, geared towards driving industrial growth.

“Manufacturing is known world over as a creator of jobs due to the value chains involved. As a government, we have prioritized leather, textiles, dairy, edible oil and pharmaceutical sectors among others, to drive our country’s industrial growth. This will be driven through the County Aggregation Industrial Parks across all 47 counties,” said the PS.

He observed that attracting investments calls for public private dialogue to improve the business environment in the country, saying, “We shall drive investments attraction through the National Investments Council, by attracting, facilitating and enabling investments in Kenya.”

KAM Chairman, Rajan Shah observed that whereas there are endless opportunities for value addition in the agriculture sector, they are largely untapped.

“Low-value addition in Kenya has made it impossible to realize the full potential of the manufacturing sector, hence denying citizens extra jobs, wealth retention and incentivization of the sector to increase production and economic grow. In the agriculture sector, we export products with little or no value added, hence we miss out on increased income,” said Shah while calling for the creation of an enabling environment.

“It is paramount that we create linkages between farmers and manufacturers to reduce the share of agricultural products that are exported in primary form to derive more value from exports.”

The MPA is an annual publication that guides KAM’s advocacy efforts with Government and its agencies.

This year’s MPA, themed, Resetting Manufacturing to achieve Agenda 20BY30, shall be guided by 4 pillars: Global Competitiveness, Export-led Industrialization, SME Development and Industrializing Agriculture.

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