Raila appeals to India over Ndengu

NASA leader Raila Odinga in talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on July 3, 2018.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on July 3, 2018, pitched the case for India to import green grams from Kenya.

Speaking during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Mr Odinga urged the Prime Minister fo India to consider importing at least 100,000 metric tonnes of Ndengu from Kenya annually to save Kenyan farmers who had grown the cereal targeting exporting it to India.

Mr Odinga spoke as Kitui county continued to endure falling prices of Ndengu due to a bumper harvest, thanks to the Ndengu Revolution launched by Kitui Governor Kaluki Ngilu.

This also comes as Kitui, Makueni, Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties joined hands with ICRISAT to find an intervention to stabilize the Ndengu prices in the face of the glut and also lobby the national government to step in and save Ndengu farmers from exploitation.

The appeal by Mr Odinga follows another made by Mrs Ngilu during the International Pulses Conference in India last February as she explored markets for Kitui green grams.

Governor Ngilu launched the Ndengu Revolution as a double pronged inventiveness to warranty food security and create incomes for Kitui people in line with her five pillar manifesto that saw her sweep into office in the August 2017 general elections.

The manifesto promises the county Food and Water, Healthcare, Education and Youth Development, Women Empowerment and Wealth Creation.

During the talks in India, the two leaders agreed on the need for Kenya and India to explore joint initiatives in maritime transport on the Indian Ocean and Lake Victoria.

They also agreed on the need for greater cooperation between Kenya and India in the field of Space Technology and Agriculture.

Mr. Odinga and Prime Minister Modi also agreed that India will support Kenya to host the Blue Energy conference in Nairobi in September 2018.

Prime Minister Modi lauded the working relationship between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Odinga as a positive example for Africa and the world of a leadership that unites rather than divides a nation. He promised to strengthen existing Kenya-India ties.

Mr. Odinga, who conveyed a message of goodwill from President Uhuru Kenyatta to Prime Minister Modi, was accompanied by Kenya’s High Commissioner to India Ms. Florence Weche, her deputy Belinda Omino, Deputy Governor of Kisumu County Mr. Mathews Owili and wife Ida.