Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has lauded the big role agricultural fairs and expo’s play in the growth and development of the agricultural sector in the country.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the two day EAGC Agribusiness Expo that came to a close yesterday at the Kabarak University Main Campus, in Nakuru.
Governor Mbugua also gave the County’s commitment in supporting the sector and encouraged for more such activities to bolster agriculture within and around the County.
“My County Government is committed in supporting the agriculture sector through all means including field days, exhibitions and all the activities that brings together the players in the agricultural sector.”
He went on to add that there was more capacity to do and achieve more.
“This expo provides an opportunity for the farmers in this County to establish network and contact with players in the agriculture sector to enable them access goods and services. There is capacity to produce more if you adopt modern technologies and good agricultural practices. For this to succeed, participation of all the stakeholders including the farming community along the farming business value chain is encouraged.”
“Nakuru County is well endowed with a wide range of agro- ecological Zones which supports a wide range of crop, livestock and fish Enterprises and this opportunity needs to be exploited to the fullest. Agribusiness through products’ value chain and promotion of post-harvest technologies is an area that needs more emphasis through capacity building and marketing strategies as witnessed here today.” Mbugua said.
Present at the function was CeC in charge of Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony, Kabarak University’s Prof. Ronald Chepkilot, EACG chair Dr. Otim Benard, EACG Executive Director Gerald Masila, Nakuru County Director of Trade Mandeep Singh, Economic Advisor Eng. David Muthoga, Deputy County Secretary Geoffrey Kioko.
The theme of the event that brought together 20,000 farmers, sponsors and exhibitors from all over the East African Region, highlighted on Promoting post-harvest technologies: “Improving the quality, safety and marketability of farm produce.”
The annual two day forum organized by the East Africa Grain Council brings together stakeholders in the agricultural sector – agribusiness, telecommunication, banking, seed companies, machinery, farmers, grain millers, warehouse operators, grain traders, agricultural institution’s, with a focus on post-harvest loss management.
The exhibitors included Sponsors i.e, Safaricom, Bell industries Ltd, Trans National Bank, Kentainers, MEA ltd, Chase Bank, Greenlife, Unga Ltd, Trade Hub, Brazafric enterprises, Intertek, Lesiolo Grain Handlers Ltd among others