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Cabinet reshuffle brings hope for more accountability and transparency in the agriculture sector

A civil society group in the Agriculture sector has lauded the cabinet reshuffle by President Uhuru Kenyatta saying that it will bring confidence and spur growth in agriculture. 

Responding to the reshuffle, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Political Advisor, Fredrick Njehu said that the appointment of Peter Munya as the new Cabinet Secretary (CS) in charge of Agriculture, Livestock, and Cooperatives replacing the outgoing CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, is a decision that should bring hope to the millions of smallholder farmers in the country seeing that this is a sector whose potential remains largely untapped.

In a press statement to newsrooms on Thursday, Njehu said that the new agriculture CS –Munya is credited with stimulating the growth potential of Meru county during his tenure as the governor adding that he had an eye for the agriculture sector while at the helm of Meru County. 

“Munya is a man whose plate in the Ministry is already full. Currently, Kenya’s agriculture sector is grappling with a myriad of challenges including low prices of agricultural produce, increased cost of production and lack of affordable credit that can boost production. The use of toxic chemicals in food production, dumping of cheap agricultural products and lack of coordination between national and county government institutions are some of the major challenges facing the sector,” highlighted Njehu.

He said that Munya’s appointment to the Ministry should enlist priorities that can transform the agriculture sector as a Big 4 item in the current administration’s agenda in a more accountable and transparent manner.

“Greenpeace Africa calls for decisive action, and for Munya to ensure that smallholder farmers are at the center of key decisions being made in the agriculture sector,” he insisted.

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