Youth Urged to Take Up_Opportunities in Agribusiness

Kapsabet, Nandi - Young people have been urged to take up agribusiness to create employment for themselves, hence improve their standard of living. Speaking in Kapsabet during a KEPHIS organized potato focus field day, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Kenya Representative Mr.

Gabriel Rugalema also said that FAO would be interested in building capacity for young people in the country to produce potatoes.
"I want to urge young people to take up agribusiness and to take up potato farming which is well able to create employment thus earning them income," he stated.

He said FAO would also work with KEPHIS and other organizations to produce seed potato which would then be multiplied by Kaimosi Agricultural Training College in Nandi County which would then availed to farmers.
The event was graced by the Agriculture Cabinet Administrative Secretary Dr. Andrew Tuimur and Governor Stephen Sang.
Dr. Tuimur reiterated the government's Big 4 Agenda pillar of nutrition and food security and urged farmers in Kenya to grow potatoes so that the pillar can be realized.
Mr. Rugalema encouraged farmers not to be overly reliant on maize which has faced a myriad of challenges of pests and diseases in the recent past.
Varieties of potato on display included Sherekea, Voyager, Unica, Panamera, Dutch Robyjin, Sagitta and Challenger.
Farmers had the opportunity to view the demonstration plots and then addressed afterwards in the farmers baraza.

KEPHIS MD Dr. Esther Kimani greets Nandi Governor Stephen Sang during a courtesy call before the start of the KEPHIS and the County Government of Nandi Potato Field Day recently


Kitale Regional Manager Charles Onyango (in pink shirt) explaining the importance of Kenya Karibu, a potato variety that was on display during the KEPHIS and the County Government of Nandi potato field day. Present were Governor Stephen Sang(right), Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) Kenya Representative Mr. Gabriel Rugalema(3rd left), Agriculture and Irrigation CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur(4th left) and other dignitaries during the Nandi potato field day. Looking on is KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani (5th right).

Food and Agriculture Organization in Kenya Representative Mr. Gabriel Rugalema addresses dignitaries and farmers who attended the KEPHIS and the County Government of Nandi potato field day. He said that FAO would build capacity in producing seed potato in collaboration with KEPHIS and other government agencies and also urged the youth to take up opportunities in agribusiness

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