The County Government of Uasin Gishu, Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries on Wednesday officially launched the distribution of 5000-litre tanks to 120 youth groups in all six Sub-counties under the project Youth in Agribusiness funded by the County Government of Uasin-Gishu at Agricultural Mechanization Services (AMS).
The exercise was led by Agriculture Chief Officer Julius Rotich and his Livestock and Fisheries Counterpart Dr. Victoria Tarus where they distributed the tanks to 11 youth groups in the Kapseret Sub-County in presence of their Sub-County Agricultural Officer.
Mr Rotich challenged the youths to take this project seriously reiterating that there are so many opportunities aligned to the value chain that was chosen for them.
You should target the international market and the product should be up to standard, demand for passion fruits is very high, let us build the volumes, going forward, focus on production,” he added.
On her part, Livestock and Fisheries Chief Officer Dr Victoria Tarus who was the Chief Guest emphasized on the youth groups to practice Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) seeing the opportunities of exporting produce, saying it will enrich them economically.
We want you to be a demonstration site for others so that they can learn from you, then you will be able to create opportunities for yourselves,” said Dr Victoria.
The group also benefitted from trellising wires, passion fruit seedlings, fertilizer and Agrochemicals.
In Attendance were Director AMS Mr. Mike Terer, Monitoring Evaluation Officer Titus Tirop, County Coffee Development Officer Nicholas Maritim, Kapseret Sub County Agricultural Officer Mrs Everlyne Andiema and WAOs Simat/ Kapseret.