Kenya and the Netherlands yesterday signed the terms of reference for their bilateral cooperation in agriculture.

The Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Irrigation, Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri, and the Dutch Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality, Ms Marjolijn Sonnema, signed the agreement in Nairobi. It seeks to facilitate cooperation between the two countries to promote agricultural trade, investment, and research, and also enable an exchange of knowledge and technologies for a more sustainable response to climate change.

The ministers noted that the two countries have enjoyed cordial relations for a long time, and enhancing this would boost trade between them. The pact particularly seeks to strengthen agribusiness in horticulture, floriculture, potatoes, aquaculture, and dairy value chains.

“The Agricultural Working Group will strengthen agricultural trade relations between Kenya and the Netherlands, as it will allow technical discussions around the priority focus areas. This will include knowledge exchange around sustainable agriculture, circular economy, and the strengthening of agribusiness workings in the horticulture and floriculture industries. Farming, horticulture, fisheries, are innovative sectors in the Netherlands, and as it is increasingly promoting circular sustainable value chains, there are many opportunities for collaboration with Kenya,’’ Ms Sonnema said.

Holland is Kenya’s number one export destination for agricultural products, with a long history of trade in agriculture. Both governments, have identified sustainable agriculture and international trade as the key areas for economic growth and development.

The future of farming lies in innovation and adopting a new approach, which is why the agreement will immensely benefit both countries.

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