Agriculture, Forestry Sectors Slow Economic Growth in Kenya

Agriculture, Forestry Sectors Slow Economic Growth in Kenya

From Capital FM

Kenya’s economy grew by 4.4 percent between June and September which is slightly lower than 4.5 percent recorded in the last quarter of 2012. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), there was a slowdown in the growth of agriculture and forestry sector which impacted negatively on the economic performance.

However there was improved performances in financial intermediation, transport and communication, wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, construction and mining and quarrying activities.

Seasonally adjusted growth, which tracks performance in consecutive quarters indicate that the third quarter grew by 1.6 percent compared to a growth of 0.8 percent in second quarter of this year. Inflation edged upward to an average of 6.99 percent in the third quarter of 2013 from an average of 6.38 percent experienced during the same period of 2012.

The higher inflation rate was mainly influenced by the implementation of the VAT Act 2013 which led to a rise in prices of a number of commodities in September 2013. “Financial Intermediation has maintained a strong growth since the second quarter of 2012 except a slowdown experienced in the first quarter of 2013,”KNBS said in its quarterly updates on Kenya’s economy.

Written by Margaret Wahito | Read more at Capital FM