The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: EU Donates Sh16 Billion for Agriculture

THE European Union has committed Sh16 billions towards agriculture, research and rural development in Kenya. The head of the EU delegation to Kenya Lodewijk Briet said the funds will also support nutrition in arid and semi-arid areas.

Speaking on Friday at Katangini village in Shimba Hills where he inspected EU funded tsetse fly technology research facilities, Briet said the goal is to contribute to Vision 2030's objective of addressing food insecurity.

"The EU has a long term engagement with the national research institutions like Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Coffee Research Foundation and Kenya Sugar Research Foundation," he said. Briet said similar support has been extended to regional and continental research bodies such as the Africa Union and International Center of Insect physiology and Ecology .

ICIPE is conducting research on tsetse fly repellent technology in Shimba Hills. The ICIPE has been at the forefront of the innovative research that the EU has supported to the tune of Sh1.2 billion.

"The tsetse fly project was one of the most successful and important research that we funded. We anticipate for future collaboration with ICIPE although funding for the project is over so that we can together address the needs of rural poor and vulnerable in Kenya," Briet said.

Kwale county executive officer for Agriculture Johanne Nyamasyo said that they will support farmers to embrace beneficial technology.

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