While speaking during the opening of Mombasa international trade fair at Mkomani shows grounds in Mombasa, the deputy president said the government has instructed CS for transport Kipchumba Murkomen to provide an audit report for the port operations and to check on the public services rendered at the port of Mombasa.
“Your port was almost lost, in the final days of the former government. They had some plans of taking the port away from you. I would like to thank the board of directors of the Kenya Port Authority for their patriotism because they refused to allow the stealing of the port of Mombasa,” the deputy president, Rigathi Gachagua said.
“I have confirmed that program of returning back the port of Mombasa is already in place. Already it has been done, because I am part of that panel of witness,” governor for Mombasa, Aldulswamad Nassir said.
The deputy president also said Mombasa region will be boosted in terms of economic activities being done there of most important in the agricultural sector.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the coast region has traditionally thrived as the leading producer of cashew nuts and coconuts cash crops. We will continue to implement target interventions to promote value addition to this two cash crops which have performed well in the recent years,” the deputy president said.
Mombasa region is experiencing shallow rains, of which the government through the ministry of agriculture will establish plans in new technology in agriculture in order to increase agricultural productivity in the region.
“The region has a great potential in production. My ministry will pay special attention to collapsed value chains such as cassava, cashew nuts and coconuts for which this region has traditionally been known for,” CS for agriculture, Mithika Linturi said.
Stakeholders in the coastal region, mostly Mombasa county have come up with plans in enhancing the production of both food and cash crops. Emphasizing on the mode of use in horticulture and other new technologies in agriculture in other to increase productivity.
“We will be able to peak up the new technologies we have, both in horticulture and maize that has been the main source of agriculture productivity in the region. Those that are tolerant to diseases and also rain, because this area doesn’t receive a lot of rainfall like the highlands and other parts of the country,” Fred Oloibe, MD Kenya seed said.
By James Chacha