Lamu, Taita Taveta to benefit from Climate Smart Agriculture Project

Agriculture CS Peter Munya addressing the media.The CS has been summoned by parlaiment COURTESY

Lamu, Tana River and Taita Taveta counties from the Coast Region are among counties that will be benefiting from the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) vehicles that were flagged off by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya.

During the release of the first 26 out of 61 vehicles on Monday, CS Munya said the vehicles will enhance the capacity of counties and research institutions in carrying out the project.

“As you may be aware, KCSAP Project Development is implemented in the 24 Counties of Marsabit, Isiolo, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera (Arid Counties); West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Nyeri, Tharaka Nithi, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Kajiado, Machakos (Semi-Arid Counties); and Busia, Siaya, Nyandarua, Bomet, Kericho, Kakamega, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kisumu (Non-ASAL Counties),” said CS Munya.

The five year KCSAP project’s objective is to increase agricultural productivity and build resilience to climate change risks in the targeted smallholder farming and pastoral communities in Kenya.

The sh.28 billion project will be implemented under five thematic components i.e. Upscaling Climate Smart Agricultural Practices; Strengthening Climate Smart Agricultural Research and Seed systems; Supporting Agro-weather, Market, Climate and Advisory Services; Project Coordination and Management; and Contingency Emergency response.

“After the implementation of this project, we expect to transform the communities in the target project areas by having more women as beneficiaries, increasing the productivity of selected crops, livestock, and aquaculture value chains and boosting their resilience through promoting Agricultural Technologies, Innovations and Management Practices suitable for those areas,” said the Agriculture CS.

“Focusing on the 24 Counties where the project is to be implemented, a total of 2,164 Community micro-projects estimated to cost sh.1.5 billion have been approved ready for implementation,” he added.

The CS challenged those implementing the projects to work extra hard to ensure that intended benefits reach communities.