Spending in tourism, maize industry to be scrutinised

Business Daily Kenya:  Nicholas Waitathu @PeopleDailyKe Government will carry out an impact resource allocation study in four different se...

Business Daily Kenya: 

Maize farm. Photo/File

Nicholas Waitathu @PeopleDailyKe

Government will carry out an impact resource allocation study in four different sectors of the economy in 2016/17 financial year.

The evaluation, to be carried out by the Monitoring and Evaluation department under the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, will assess effect of billions of shilling injected into tourism, maize industry, free primary education and beyond zero campaign initiative.

The government has already spent more than Sh300 billion to finance various activities in the said four key sectors of the economy.

For example, in education it has spent about Sh300 billion to finance free primary and free day secondary school education and over Sh25 billion to finance fertiliser subsidy programme in the maize industry.

Sectoral productivity

Monitoring and Evaluation director Samson Machuka said the evaluation will help measure sectoral productivity as well as guide future allocations. “We will also examine what could be the inhibiting gaps to attain expected productivity” said Dr Machuka.

“For example, in maize subsector, our concern is the dismal production despite comparative advantage the country is endowed with and government enhanced investment,” Machuka added.

Government has been procuring and distributing fertiliser at a subsidised rate to farmers across the country in order to stabilise fertiliser prices.

In the tourism industry Machuka said the focus will be finding what is hindering more international tourist arrivals. Every year government and development partners spend not less than a billion to finance tourism promotion activities through Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).

Earnings in the tourism industry have declined to Sh84.6 billion in 2015 from Sh96 billion in 2012, while arrivals went down to 1.18 million visitors in 2015 from 1.35 million in 2014.

In the education sector the exercise will investigate impact of free primary and free day secondary education funds currently amounting to about Sh300 billion.

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