The Kenyan Government will support fish farming to increase fish production by 10% nationally to about 450,000 metric tonnes by the year 2030. President Uhuru Kenyatta revealed in his address during the official opening of this year’s Central Kenya Agricultural Society of Kenya Show (ASK) at the Nyeri, Kabiru-ini grounds, Thursday, September 14.
By supporting fish farming, the President observed, his government aims to boost economic growth especially in fish farming areas. The President outlined various measures his Government is putting in place to help the farmers, and challenged the County governments to increase financial allocation to the agriculture sector with a view to alleviate food shortage in the country.
On the 2017 Central Kenya Show theme: Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade, the President said, “It emphasizes the importance of agriculture and technology in development of counties and the country at large,” and the Show provides an opportunity for farmers to learn and adapt to improved agricultural enterprises.
He reiterated the vital role agriculture sector plays in the national economy, and urged farmers across the country, “To embrace technologies that support agriculture.” His administration, the Head of State said, was keen to develop agriculture technologies that would help farmers to transform subsistence agriculture and make farming a business in the counties.”
President Kenyatta reiterated that food security remained a development agenda, and the Government will implement various programs to support smallholder farmers, youth, women, fish-farmers and pastoralists aimed at increasing food security, income generation and improved livelihoods.
Earlier, the President toured the JKUAT Stand and he was impressed to see various innovations and technologies in food technology, engineering, chemistry, agriculture, energy, electoral management showcased by the University’s exhibitors.
The President was received by Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, University Chancellor, Prof. Geoffrey Maloiy and Deputy Vice Chancellors: Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Prof. Victoria Ngumi and Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, and the University Management Board.
The Head of State congratulated JKUAT exhibitors for developing appropriate technologies and innovations that saw JKUAT declared the Best University, bagging five (5) top awards this year, that has attracted 105 exhibitors, compared to 92, last year.
During the Awards ceremony, Prof. Maloiy, Prof. Imbuga and Prof. Mary Abukutsa, jointly received the Best Innovation and Invention Trophy from the President Kenyatta.
Besides the Best University Stand Trophy, JKUAT also clinched the Stand that Best Interprets Current Show Theme Trophy, The Best Agricultural Based Statutory Board/Commission Stand Trophy and The Best Stand Exhibiting Agricultural and/Earth Moving Equipment Trophy.
Others who spoke at the function were: Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Willy Bett, his Principal Secretary, Dr. Richard Lesiyampe, ASK National Chairperson, Annabel Kirinya and Nyeri County Governor, Dr. Patrick Gakuru. The Central Kenya Show ends, Saturday, September 16.