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Kenya pledges to uphold food safety measures to boost exports to the European Union

 

By Ben Kinyanjui

Kenya will continue to adhere to food safety regulations recommended by the World Trade organisation (WTO) in an effort to secure its exports mainly to the European Union.Cut flowers are the main exports to the EU marketCut flowers are the main exports to the EU market

Trade PS Abdulrazaq Ali said the country is also working with partners within the East African Community to harmonise the regulations as the region integrate into a common market.

Green revolution in African agriculture is still possible but challenges remains, says AGRA President

By Dr Namanga Ngongi

Today there is palpable momentum in Africa’s fight for food security, prosperity and sustainable agricultural development with investments and actions to promote an African Green Revolution gaining ground.

African governments are rallying around NEPAD’s CAADP strategies with the support of international and bilateral donors and champions as well as private donors to ensure the necessary actions to catalyse change among smallholders who are overwhelmingly the majority producers in Africa’s food systems.

Task Force on re-alignment of education failed to address quality of teaching and learning

By Kennedy Buhere

The media has featured citations from a report on the Task Force on re-alignment of education to the new Constitution, which was chaired by former Vice Chancellor of Moi University, Prof Douglas Odhiambo.

Quality of education is crucial in any societyQuality of education is crucial in any society

The bulk of the report seems to be confined to issues dealing with educational planning and management and only (apparently) on education philosophy—the ideas, values, and goals of education the country should expose its students in primary and secondary education.

No relief yet as high inflation rate pushes the poor deeper into poverty

By Ben Kinyanjui

From her humble dwelling in Kathiani some 40 kilometers from Nairobi Central Business District, Naomi Kambua is still waiting to be told why sugar prices rose from Sh85 a kilo to 150 in less than three months.High cost of living is pushing more people into povertyHigh cost of living is pushing more people into poverty

Though there was drought, it was not the first case to be witnessed in the country in a decade and it could not have affected sugar cane farming more than all other crops to warrant the sharp increase.

High energy costs discouraging foreign direct investment, says top industrialisation official

By Today Financial News Reporter

Inadequate and costly energy in the country cannot attract and sustain major foreign investments and especially in the manufacturing sector that rely on reliable and affordable power.Industrialisation minister Amason Kingi says inadequate and expensive energy is not attractive to investors in the manufacturing sectorIndustrialisation minister Amason Kingi says inadequate and expensive energy is not attractive to investors in the manufacturing sector

Industrialisation Permanent Secretary Eng Karanja Kibicho says the current energy produced in the country is not sufficient enough to meet the requirement of the industrial sector that consume about 70 to 80 per cent of the energy produced.

Inadequate and costly power is a threat to the mining sector in Kenya, says Trade Minister

 

 

By Ben Kinyanjui

Kenya must increase electricity generation significantly in the next five years to sustain the mining industry, Trade Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere has said.Trade minister Charau Ali Mwakwere (right) listens keenly to an exhibitor during a mining conference held in NairobiTrade minister Charau Ali Mwakwere (right) listens keenly to an exhibitor during a mining conference held in Nairobi

Mr Mwakwere said mining companies like Tiomin in Kwale would require huge amount of power to undertake the multibillion shilling titanium mining project and the Government must guarantee the investors that it will be available when needed.

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