As the world celebrated World Food Day on 14th October, 2016, EAGC Kenya Country program hosted a members meeting at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.
Continuous engagement of members is key for ensuring challenges facing members are addressed. The Council convened a members meeting for its Kenya members so as to provide an opportunity to update the members on ongoing interventions in addressing their challenges and also receiving valuable feedback and guidance from Members so as to improve our service delivery.
On special invitation, the meeting was attended by Tegemeo Intitute CEO, DR, Mathenge and Food Trade ESA representative, Isaac Talam.
In his welcome remarks, Gerald Masila, EAGC Executive Director said the members meeting was taking place an ideal opportunity for the council to reflect on the issues of the grain sector and food security. He recognized the contribution of EAGC members towards the success of the organisation as it prepares to commemorate 10 years in December.
In her presentation, Ms. Davine Minayo, Kenya Country Programs Manager, reported that The 16 certified warehouses have been installed with the G-Soko system, which will streamline and automate operation at the warehouses, 4 trade linkage forums have been held, which have facilitated trade worth $22 million., More than KES 53 million has been loaned out by banks through the warehouse receipts system, The Agribusiness Expo was successfully hosted in Nakuru in August 2016, which was attended by more than 6,000 farmers and more importantly, 26 new members have enrolled as EAGC members in Kenya in 2016, bringing the total number of Kenya members to 96 organisations.
Members called on
EAGC to engage the government to advocate for duty free importation of yellow maize specifically for animal feed, noting that this will help reduce cost of animal feed whilst simultaneously availing more maize for human consumption.
In the deliberations, members also asked EAGC to engage more actively in the Climate Change discussion, noting that climate change is having a significant adverse impact on the grain sector.
Among key issues, the members recommended it was agreed that EAGC will share with members memoranda prepared on various legislative matters for members’ information and further inputs. EAGC will engage its members to assess the impact of devolution on businesses of its members in the grain sector, EAGC with technical support from Tegemeo Institute shall petition the government on two pressing issues, these being to advocate for removal of import duty on yellow maize specifically for animal feed and removal of all taxes on post-harvest handling equipment.