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What President Ruto discussed with the outgoing CSs during the Council of Ministers

President William Ruto chairs a cabinet meeting at State House on Monday, October 3 [PSCU]

President William Ruto chaired a meeting of a cabinet meeting with outgoing ministers, at State House, Nairobi, today.

The meeting was convened to review progress made in the national response to the ongoing drought situation which has affected 23 counties; as well as an assessment of the ongoing humanitarian assistance and food relief provided to families in these areas and the medium and long-term strategies being developed to address the food security situation in the country.

The Cabinet considered a wide range of proposals relating to adapting to climate change, reducing Kenya’s dependence on rain-fed agriculture by increasing irrigation, planting diverse and drought-tolerant crops, and implement early warning and response mechanisms that are activated at the very onset of adverse situations rather than when situations have degenerated into catastrophic conditions.

As part of the medium to long term responses to the ongoing drought, and as a progressive step towards a significant redefinition of agriculture in Kenya by adopting pest and disease resistant crops, the Cabinet also considered various reports from experts and techniques on the adoption of biotechnology; including reports from the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) of Kenya, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

As recommended by the Working Group to Review GM Foods and Food Safety Issues, and as directed by the National Biosafety Authority on all applicable international treaties, including the Cartagena on Biosafety (CPB) Cabinet withdrew from its earlier decision of November 8, 2012 banning the outdoor cultivation of genetically modified plants and the importation of food crops and animal feed derived from biotechnological innovations; effective lifting of the ban on genetically modified crops. Thanks to the action of the executive, the cultivation in the open air and the import of white maize (GMO) are now authorized.

Today’s decision follows an earlier Cabinet decision taken on December 19, 2019 regarding the commercialization of Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) Cotton hybrids in Kenya; which is a genetically improved variety of cotton that is resistant to the African bollworm, the most destructive and widespread pest in cotton lumber.

This earlier Cabinet approval was aimed at reorganizing the production of textiles, garments, animal feed and petroleum industries in preparation for the achievement of industrialization; and today’s Cabinet decision builds on it and also extends its benefits to other agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

The country’s top political body was also briefed on the preparations for the national exams for grade 6, grade 8 and grade 4; which are to take place from November 28, 2022 to December 23, 2022. The Cabinet took the opportunity to wish all the candidates good luck in preparing for and passing their exams.

The Council also welcomed the standardization of the education learning calendar from January 2023, noting that it would announce the conclusion of the recovery of learning times lost due to school closures occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

The Cabinet reaffirmed the importance of ongoing reforms to steer the nation towards an era of universal health coverage through the bold and progressive legislation enacted earlier this year on mandatory employer contribution to the NHIF. Cabinet underlined the importance of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) as an anchor for these ongoing reforms; and he urged all eligible Kenyans to enroll in NHIF coverage.

Mindful of the shared duty to support our seniors and foster intergenerational equity while alleviating the vulnerabilities of poverty among seniors, Cabinet ratified the administration’s fundamental proposals to strengthen the security and protection framework of Kenya under the National Social Security Fund. (NSSF).

Today’s Cabinet meeting concluded by noting the steady progress being made to fully establish the Fifth Administration; a process that will conclude with the appointment by His Excellency the President of new cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries and other senior national executive officers.