Famers in Nakuru County have been challenged to embrace good farming practices by acquiring information from the extension officers for better yields.
Nakuru County CEC for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries Dr.Emmaculate Maina says most farmers have not been able to embrace agri-business leading poor yields.
Speaking on Friday during the official opening of the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology-RVIST Agribusiness Expo 2018,the CEC urged farmers to use the Expo opportunity to get more information on the and embrace areas of excellence in agriculture.
“The greatest challenge in agriculture is good farming practices with many of our farmers having not embraced agri-business. So our appeal is to the farmers to come out and use this opportunity to learn about the excellence agri-business areas” said CEC Maina.
The Cec reiterated the importance of support services to farmers saying the county government of Nakuru is committed to offer such to farmers for better production.
She added that the extension services have been brought closer to the farmer to ensure all the questions that concerns farming and agribusiness in general are addressed.
According to the CEC, the service is paramount as it enables the agricultural officers to reach each and every farmer in all the corners of Nakuru County.
Through, the service, farmers are able to raise their queries through sending a sms to 0701032032 or 0737032032.
“As Nakuru County we decided to open up space for farmers and that is why we came up with Farmers’ call centre where farmers can get all the information they need through sending a sms to 0701032032 or 0737032032.This has enabled us to reach a farmer even at rural areas” said Cec.
The two days 9th RVIST Agribusiness Expo is hosted by the Rift Valley Institute of Science and Technology in partnership with the County Government of Nakuru among others.
RVIST Principal Dan Mutai reiterated the importance of the expo to farmers in Nakuru County adding that the essence is to ensure that agriculture is translated into business.
“RVIST is a centre of excellence training in agriculture and the students we train here are to interact with county and farmers and that is why we partnered to ensure this expo” said Mr.Mutai.
The two days 9th RVIST Agribusiness Expo has attracted more than 30 exhibitors and is expected to come to an end on Saturday.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru County CEC for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries Dr.Emmaculate Maina addressing media at RVIST on 3rd August 2018.