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Monday, July 07, 2008

No to subsidies!

Kenya should desist from subsidies even if they are politically expedient. Especially if all they are politically expedient! Whereas agricultural subsidies seems a good idea they will create 'leaks' as politicians & civil servants resort to corruption.

Kenya needs to fight - at the WTO - other countries that provide subsidies to its industries & agricultural entities.

  • Better infrastructure so products can move easily to & from all parts of the country. This will reduce costs of transporting foods as well as reduce wastage.
  • Better access to credit facilities but through private institutions e.g. KCB, Equity Bank, etc.
  • Change from 'imported' crops (e.g. maize, wheat) to local/native crops like Sorghum, Millet, Cassavas, etc.
  • Secure our forests & water catchment areas.
  • Reduce population growth. Kenya's population grows much faster than it's real rate of growth. This is unsustainable. China has improved its per capita income by introducing severe measures to curb population growth. I do not advocate what they did but we need to work at reducing the rate.
  • Improve agriculture outreach services while reducing direct subsidies. These better techniques can help farmers improve yields.


Anonymous said...

I agree with you. no to subsidies for they will only create artificial econmic imbalances unless we deide to also subsidise kunde and sukuma and sorghum and cassava.

Also Kimunya doesnt get it. it doesnt matter that he hasnt stolen anything the point hre is the lack of confidence in him. the office does not belong to him. if he desires a bigger future - he should resign and lte the truth vindicate him as for now he just comes off as arrogant.

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