The world economy is rapidly being transformed into a knowledge and network economy. In this world, cutting edge innovation and knowledge are crucial for sustained competitiveness and profitability. It is for these reasons that the strategic partners place science and technology as a vital complementary strategy. The main aim of this strategy is to increase the visionary and innovative capacities of role – players and link these to the future market place.
This must lead to increased investment and use of the most advanced and recent products from research, training and extension systems. By implementing this strategy the sector endeavors to use primary research and relevant education programmes to promote new and strategically important technologies,(biotechnology, information, communication) and a range of value- adding technologies to extract future value. The latter will enhance the sustained competitiveness of country products in world markets and help to meet the stricter food safety requirements imposed by foreign countries:-
To this end, particular attention will be given to:
- Promotion collaboration between the county, Universities Faculties of Agriculture. Agribusinesses and other agricultural research institutions (i.e. KARI)to refocus on strategic priorities, innovation and adaptive research.
- Re – evaluate the funding basis to promote partnerships between agricultural research institutes, universities and the private sector.
- The high cost of acquiring technology could be overcome through joint ventures with the R&D and technology industry. Government’s leading role in this regard will include:
- Empowerment of farmers through the cooperatives, where thy own vehicles purposely meant for delivering tea to the factories once they are at the buying centres.
- Establishment of more factories closer to the farmers.
- Improve access to good prices by putting in place structures that enable our farmer directly engage and participate in the international market branding of Bomet tea.
- Enactment of enabling legislative framework through shareholder participation to ensure a farmer friendly regulative environment.
- Putting more resources towards improvement of road network within the tea farming communities.