The reforms in the parastatals sector will eventually lessen National Treasury Management burden on government investments and more so to the line ministries. The reforms have not spared any sector of the economy and in the agricultural sector, the government has concluded making new look corporations. According to the progress report on parastatals reforms, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service and the National Biosafety Authority will be merged to form the Kenya Plant Health and Bio-safety Service (KEPHABS).
The concluded mergers in the agricultural sector are the Kenya Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Authority (AFFA) and Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).
The report published last week, says AFFA and KALRO were created from the merger of 12 Government-owned entities.
AFFA will now house the Kenya Sugar Board, Tea Board of Kenya, Pyrethrum Board of Kenya and the Cotton Development Authority. Others merged under AFFA are the Coconut Development Authority, the Sisal Board of Kenya and the Horticultural Development Authority.
KALRO will swallow the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, Kenya Sugar Research Foundation and Coffee Research Foundation. The report says that those affected include the Crops Development and Promotion Agency, Fisheries Development and Promotion Agency, Livestock Development Agency, and the Health Services Regulatory Authority.
The report says that consultations are ongoing between the national and county governments on how to deal with institutions that fully or partially perform devolved functions such as regional development authorities, water boards, LAPFund and LAPTrust.
The report adds that three entities have had their functions transferred back to the relevant state departments. These are the South-South Centre, National Council for Children’s Services and the Kenya Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Council.
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the parastatal reforms task force in July 2013.