Parliament has approved an additional funding of 50 billion shillings
to the Ministry of Agriculture to enable recruitment and facilitation of
The approval follows the adoption of the Agriculture Committee
report presented by the Abim Woman MP Okori-Moe Janet in a plenary session
chaired by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.
Okori-Moe, the Chairperson of the Agriculture committee told
parliament that her committee noted the inadequate agricultural extension
services across the country. She cited the farmer to extension ratio at 1:1800
yet the recommended ratio is 1:500
She said that the inadequate extension services have undermined
the role of extension in Agriculture leading to poor or low yields.
“Besides the recruited extension workers have not been well
facilitated to enable them perform their roles effectively. The Committee notes
that the 5,000 recruited extension staff were for only 116 districts and the
districts have since increased to 128 an addition of 12 districts and 94 sub-counties,”
According to the committee, government has allocated only 8.65
billion shillings to agriculture extension in the next financial year out of
the required 71 billion shillings. In
the current financial year 2018/2019, 4 billion shillings was provided for
The committee recommended that the Finance Ministry avails
additional Shillings 50.05 billion to cater for the wage requirement to enable
the Ministry of Agriculture complete the recruitment and facilitation of the
much-needed extension workers.
Okori-Moe also recommended that government ensures a full recruitment of
extension workers at both district and sub-county level to provide knowledge to
the farmers with an aim of increasing quality production.
The Agriculture committee also observed that the extension workers
are not adequately supervised and therefore operate with a laissez-faire
“There must be strict assessment of the performance of the
extension workers upon which their service should either be retained or
terminated basing on the set targets. Ministry of Agriculture should liaise
with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) to develop
a clear feedback on work targets achieved by each extension worker in a given
period,” Okori-Moe recommended.
Meanwhile, Okori-Moe demanded that government pays more attention
to the Agriculture Sector saying that more reforms need to be put in place to
enable the country’s economy to grow.