Nakuru, Kenya Friday, November 17, 2017 – Harnessing of young people’s energy, innovations and dynamism in agriculture is the next frontier that the County Government of Nakuru will focus on so as to ensure that this sector which is the lifeline of the county’s economy is revitalized.
Speaking while taking over from the outgoing CeC Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Department, Dr Stanley Chepkwuony, the incoming CeC Dr Immaculate Njuthe said luring the youth to professional farming holds the key to invigorating agriculture.
‘Young people form the most populous age-group in our county, thereby involving them in turn key agricultural initiatives will not only make farming lucrative but also create job opportunities for them’, said Dr Immaculate.
She noted women will not be left out too in this process because most rural households that solely depend on agriculture are headed by women.
Among other initiatives that Dr Immaculate want to implement so as to actualize the vision of H.E Lee Kinyanjui of making agriculture profitable to farmers in the county are: increasing productivity through the reduction of pest and diseases and diffusion of Good Agricultural Practices.
Further, Promotion of Value Addition whereas linking farmers to markets where they are assured of pay; enhancing systems for safe food as well as improving sanitary and phytosanitary measures in the County through working with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (Kephis) Nakuru branch to ensure that farmers in Nakuru County have readily available high quality and disease free planting materials.
On his part, Dr Chepkwuony as he handed the status report said he is confident that he has handed over to a competent CeC who will bring in immense experience.
He said that he is going out with his head held up high as in the span he severed as the CeC for Agriculture; the livestock sector has recorded so much improvement with diseases such as Anthrax and Foot and Mouth being contained.