Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei has said his ministry will partner with local universities to boost research so as to promote food security.
During a visit to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology yesterday, Koskei said that in the past, research has only been academic. He asked universities to only research what can be implemented on the ground.
Koskei said some of the challenges affecting food production, including high cost of fertilisers and certified seeds and marketing, are being addressed with a view of reducing the cost of production. He said he is confident of competitive fertiliser prices after talks with producers.
Koskei said Kenya may start producing fertiliser locally by 2016 once the evaluation of three serious investors is done. JKUAT vice chancellor Mabel Imbuga said the university is focused on food security and has started joint linkages with counterparts in China and Japan to address dry land farming.