Ministry of Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mithika Linturi earlier on Friday chaired a meeting with Council of Governors-Kenya and CECs from edible oil-producing Counties dedicated to reinvigorating the edible oils subsector and reducing import reliance.

Kenya annually consumes 900,000 tons of edible oil, with domestic production at a mere 80,000 tons, meeting less than 9% of demand.

To address this shortfall, the government is ramping up production of oil crops like sunflower, canola, soybean, and coconut.

“In collaboration AFA Kenya, we will lead in the Edible Oil Crops Promotion Project (EOCPP), aiming to boost production across various counties, including semi-arid regions where sunflower thrives,” said a statement by the CS.

Starting in July 2023, this five-year, KES 981 million project, co-funded by the National Treasury and the AFA-Nuts and Oil Crops Directorate, aims to expand cultivation and establish processing facilities integrated into key agricultural centers.

The National Government has procured 70 metric ton of sunflower seeds locally and imported an additional 406 metric ton from Zambia for the current season.

“I urge county governments to back this initiative with increased funding and effective extension services to elevate edible oil crop production, “urged Mithika