Top Governor reveals major game-changer deal between National, County governments

Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka, who is also the Chairperson of Agriculture in the Council of Governors (CoG), now wants immediate establishment of County Irrigation Development Units.

Speaking at a meeting with agriculture CECMs in Taita Taveta, on March 12, Governor Lusaka highlighted the pivotal role of water in agriculture, especially in the face of challenges posed by climate change.

The top-ranking governor emphasised the need for guidance from the CoG and the State Department of Irrigation to enhance agricultural productivity and ensure food security.

He noted the importance of executing regulatory functions at the county level to preempt potential conflicts with the National Government.

At the same time, Lusaka revealed that the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee is in the final stages of unbundling functions to clearly delineate responsibilities between National and County Governments.

Seizing the moment, he called for collaborative efforts to align policies with county goals.

He urged a focus on mobilising resources to finance agricultural development project uns and programs.

Addressing a critical gap in county-specific policies, Lusaka urged CECMs to prioritise the development and enactment of relevant agricultural policies and laws to safeguard devolved functions and strengthen county authority.

Highlighting the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices for long-term sustainability, Lusaka stressed the importance of upholding the highest standards of food safety to protect citizens’ health.

In response to stagnating revenue shares, Governor Lusaka encouraged CECMs to actively promote and facilitate direct investment by development partners and private investors.

“The goal is to foster collaboration and create a coordinated framework for maximising synergies,” said Lusaka.

He reiterated the Council’s commitment to continuous engagement with all stakeholders in the agriculture sector, aiming to transform it for the benefit of smallholder farmers.

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