The new Constitution will tremendously boost agricultural production and development in the country, President Kibaki has said.
He said the devolved system of government will shorten the decision-making process on important agricultural programmes.
This, he added, will not only strengthen grassroots institutions but will also enhance identification, monitoring as well as evaluation of specific projects in various parts of the country.
The Head of State was speaking during the official opening of the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa Research Hub at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi on Friday.
He expressed the government’s commitment to strengthening agricultural research and development, saying it was only through this that the country would attain food security and economic development.
The President affirmed that the country’s development blueprint, Vision 2030, embraces science, technology and innovation as vital tools for addressing the critical challenges of food security, environmental degradation and escalating poverty.
Welcoming the establishment of the ultra-modern complex of laboratories, the Head of State noted that the facility would assist scientists in the region and the entire continent to undertake research that would boost agricultural output and food security.
He said: “Africa urgently needs strategies and programmes to increase the capacity of small-scale farmers to boost their productivity and enter the dynamic national, regional and international markets.” Despite its potential, the agricultural sector in Africa underperformed due to low investment in the sector, he added.