PS Livestock Development Harry Kimtai has presided over the closing ceremony of the 2022 STAK Annual Congress, Expo and Mazao Forum this afternoon, at KALRO headquarters.
The annual event which was organized by the Seed Trade Association (STAK), brought together various stakeholders including: seed companies, agro-input dealers and machinery suppliers, who showcased technologies and shared information on agricultural development.
The PS noted that the Ministry has embarked on reviewing the National Seed Policy 2010 and the development of National Seed Strategy and Investment Plan for Kenya which provide a road map to guide in planning both for today and posterity.
He urged all stakeholders to re-dedicate their efforts and contribution in building the agriculture sector in Kenya.
“Farmers should be encouraged to diversify their crop production and hence there is need to promote high value crops such as potatoes, soya beans, sorghum, millets, beans, cowpeas and green grams among others,” he said.
The PS pointed out that lack of good quality seeds of these crops has been a major challenge, adding that seed companies need to increase production, supply and availability of high quality seeds of these crops to farmers, to enhance their production.