India to Help Boost Kenya’s Agricultural Sector

By Vera Shawiza / January 12, 2017

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Kenya has signed a number of agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding with India for the purposes of improving agricultural productivity in the country.

This comes about through President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to India to attend the 8th Gujarat Global Summit. The President also held talks with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, where a loan of 10 billion shillings was given to Kenya to cater for the agricultural sector.

Kenya has secured a Sh10 billion loan from India to improve agricultural productivity. President Uhuru Kenyatta who is in India for the 8th Gujarat Global Summit held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

“We are collaborating to raise agriculture productivity in Kenya. The line of credit of Sh10billion signed for agriculture mechanization will help in this venture, but we have also opened a new dimension to up our engagement,” said Modi.

The two leaders discussed ways of stepping up partnership for the benefit of the people of their countries in several areas including combating terrorism, drug and human trafficking, health, energy, technology, agriculture, education, capacity building and trade.

President Uhuru used the platform to request India for help in training more medical practitioners, which should be through scholarships in areas such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and ICT stating that that’s a priority to the government of Kenya. “The establishment of a cancer hospital and provision of treatment, equipment supported by the Indian government is greatly anticipated as it will go a long way to ensure quality affordable treatment,” he said.

The two leaders had a discussion on certain issues that tend to threaten the stability of the two nations. Of concern was the provision of quality healthcare, education, agricultural productivity, security, Tourism, energy and ICT. “We believe in democratic values and developmental priorities. Our discussions today reviewed the full range of our relationship. During my visit to Kenya last year, we had recognized deepening of our relations and one of the key focus areas of our efforts,” said Modi.

The Prime Minister noted that expansion of bilateral trade, greater flow of capital between the two economies and stronger development partnership are among the key cornerstones for enhanced ties. “We have directed the joint working group on security cooperation to meet at an early date. Our focus will be on cyber security, counter terrorism, combating drugs, narcotics, human trafficking and money laundering,” he added.

In a move aimed at reducing the trade imbalance between the two countries, President Kenyatta urged India to improve market access for Kenyan products in high demand such as leather and pulses.

Related: Coffee Production in Kenya Expected to Decline Due to Shortage of Rain

 



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