The National Assembly has passed a law that elevates coconuts and cashew nuts to first schedule cash crops. This law implies that the two crops are now eligible for government funding through the ministry of agriculture like other cash crops such as coffee and tea.
Further, the elevation of the two crops to first schedule implies that the government will aggressively market them as produce of Kenya in the external markets. The passage of this law comes as reprieve to coconut and cashew nut farmers mainly at the coast region who have decried lack of government support. Farmers will now access financial assistance through policies and agencies such as Agricultural Finance Corporation.
Additionally, the passage of this law is fulfilment of government's commitment to improve agricultural sector in the country as part of the Big Four agenda. Therefore, coconut and cashew nuts farmers need to grab this opportunity to increase their production to meet the growing local and international markets demands.
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