DG Kones: County on journey to restore Agriculture as prime income source



Agriculture plays key role in the growth of any Government.
Nakuru Deputy Governor David Kones who spoke on Thursday July 4, 2024 at the ongoing Nakuru National Agricultural Show noted that the ASK show offers a great platform for information sharing.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and the show reminds us the great role of Agriculture to economy,” he said.

The DG who represented Governor Susan Kihika as Chief Guest on the second day of the Show, pointed out that Nakuru is number 4 contributor to national GDP with agriculture playing key role towards sustainable economic growth.
He added that the show comes at time when there has been challenges of Climate Change.
The DG was however quick to note that the county is trying much to come up with Climate Change mitigation policies.
These, he said will go a long way towards food security through food diversity.
This year’s show has attracted 20 new exhibitors among them Judiciary.
The County Government noted that this manifests the County’s potential in matters Agriculture and technology.
“Increase in crop production is a target by the county government with focus on Maize, Pyrethrum, macadamia, milk production, honey yields, poultry, fisheries annually,” he stated.
Meanwhile, two key projects are being implemented by county government n partnership with National Government on matters Agricultural Value Chain and Livestock Production.
The county also highlighting the importance of establishment of Kentegra Processing Company, Industrial Parks as an avenue for job opportunities to young people in the county.

“We are on journey to restore agriculture as prime income for our county,” the DG stated.

On his part Nakuru ASK show Chairman Perminus Migwi reiterated that the show plays key role in education on matters innovation in agriculture.

He lauded the exhibitors for the continued support to the ASK show Central Rift Branch.
Agriculture CEC Leonard Bor who also graced the event, stated  that it provides platform to disseminate information on smart agriculture to farmers and everyone.
“As a department we have continued to play key role in Climate Change mitigation through tree planting and we shall continue to boost our production through better policies,” said the CECM.
MCAs led by Majority Leader Alex Lagat thanked the organizers and exhibitors.
He noted that this is an opportunity towards food security in Nakuru county and urged farmers to make good use of the opportunity.
The event was also graced by Kenya Seed Board Chair Purity Ngirici, County Secretary Dr.Samuel Mwaura, City Manager Gitau Thabanja, County Attorney among others.

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