The Cabinet has directed that the role of Regional Development Authorities be reviewed in light of devolution.

With the constitutional two levels of government, the Cabinet said, the review should assess the impact and effectiveness of the six regional authorities. 

The regional authorities are Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority, Kerio Valley Development Authority, Lake Basin Development Authority, Ewaso Nyiro North Development Authority, Ewaso Nyiro South Development Authority and the Coast Development Authority.

At a meeting at State House Nairobi on Thursday, the Cabinet also approved the Livestock Bill 2023.

The proposed law provides for a regulatory framework in the livestock sector, giving priority to the dairy, leather, and meat value chains.

Save for veterinary inspection, the Cabinet noted, the meat industry is largely unregulated, a gap that the proposed law will now close.

The livestock value chain provides huge opportunities for farmers and investors because Kenya has one of the largest livestock populations in Africa. 

The livestock comprises 18 million cattle, 28 million goats, 17 million sheep, and three million camels. Others are 32 million domestic birds and two million donkeys.

The Cabinet, too, gave a nod to the National Agricultural Mechanisation Policy that seeks to enhance productivity and production.

The policy will also improve agricultural efficiency and offer incentives for large-scale commercial farming.

It will also promote public-private partnerships in the delivery of agricultural mechanization services and promote training in this critical enabler in farming.

In line with Kenya Kwanza’s commitment to transparent fiscal management, the Cabinet approved a new method of accounting in government.

The current Cash Basis of Accounting will be replaced by Accrual Basis of Accounting in three years’ time.

The change in accounting was recommended by the National Treasury and the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board.

Cash Basis of Accounting is a method in which receipts or payments are recorded when actual cash is received or paid.