Farmers and food producers have found relief to transport food products during the night. The Agriculture CS made the announcement after talks with the government to allow the transport their produce at night. The industry has been among the hard-hit during the curfew implemented last Friday.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected global operations largely with nearly a million people now affected. Most countries are already on lockdown and people strictly working from home. In East Africa, Uganda has been already on lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.
In Kenya, the government introduced a night curfew that limits the movement of people. Alongside other measures during the day to help curb the spread of the virus. The night curfew spans from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am and agriculture is among the affected industries.
Until Cs Munya’s intervention, farmers have been in a difficult phase as they could not get their products on time into the market. The curfew has paralysed night movement unless for the essential services listed by the president last week. CS Peter Munya has had talks with the government and transporters will be allowed to transport their products at any time.
Food prices had already started increasing as there has been a very high demand following the transportation bottlenecks. The full operations will lower price hikes and also demand on the possible lockdown.
The Agriculture sector contributes largely to the country’s economy. Following a report by Cytonn Investments. The Agriculture sector contributed to about 23.1 per cent of the economy as of Q2 of 2019.
Fish farmers will also continue to fish during the night. Noting that most fishing happens during the night and it will be essential to have them in operation. Fishing had also paralysed since the introduction of the curfew. The move will allow the country to have enough food supply.