Deputy President William Ruto has asked African countries to protect their farmers by buying local products as part of efforts to boost production.
He said there was need to come up with measures aimed at protecting local industries and farmers from cheap imports, urging African nations to trade more with each other.
The Deputy President said Kenya was committed to working closely with other states to speed up regional and continental integration as part of efforts to boost trade.
He said Kenya was among those countries, which have agreed that continental and regional integration is the path to transforming African countries from being developing to developed economies.
Speaking during the 15th Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform meeting held at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday, the Deputy President said Kenya is determined to pursue free trade and regional integration.