The Central Kenya National Show was held last week in Nyeri from 12th to 15th September at the Kabiru-ini Show ground. The 4-day event was filled with pomp and colour and attended by over 100 exhibitors. Also in attendance were members of the public who consisted of farmers, entrepreneurs and other attendees both from Nyeri County and other parts of the country.
The show was officially opened on Friday 14th September 2018 by the Cabinet Secretary –Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Hon.Mwangi Kiunjuri who managed to visit the KWFT stand to see the different innovations that KWFT was showcasing at the Show. Among those who accompanied him were the Principal Secretary for Livestock, Harry Kimutai, Nyeri County Deputy Governor, Caroline Karugu, ASK Chairperson, Annabel Kiriinya, ASK CEO, Batram Muthoka among others.
The Cabinet Secretary was highly impressed at the impact created by KWFT and the various innovations and solutions that the Institution is offering farmers and business people to enable them to propel their businesses to greater heights. He was particularly interested in the egg incubator that is giving farmers a chance to enhance their poultry farming productivity and expressed his willingness to partner with KWFT to foster further economic empowerment in the community and among farmers groups. He was also thrilled to get a chance to experience first-hand the efficiency of the multipurpose jiko as well as test driving the tractor being showcased at the stand.
The KWFT stand was remarkable in all ways and it attracted throngs of showgoers due to the innovative display of assets. On display were some of the assets that the Institution finances such as a tractor, a pickup, a milking machine, a milk ATM, chaff cutters, choppers, modern chicken cage, incubators, multipurpose motorbike and solar water pump. The multipurpose jiko, jikokoa and kuniokoa also provided a glimpse into the affordable and efficient cooking solutions made possible by KWFT. The demo farm was healthy and a great representation of various types of modern farming practices that KWFT supports.
The impressive stand, execution and adherence to the show theme of ‘Promoting Innovation in Agriculture and Trade’ also saw the Institution emerge as the winner in the following categories:
- Best Stand in Youth Empowerment and Capacity Building – Position 1
- Best Stand in Community Service – Position 1
- Best Stand in Theme Interpretation – Position 2
In his speech at the opening ceremony, the CS promised to continue supporting farmers by delivering subsidized farm inputs, improving access to markets and credit services to enable them to raise their incomes and improve their livelihoods.
KWFT will continue to empower farmers to embrace modern farming technologies to foster food security at the households and at the national level.