Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya Roots for Youth Involvement in Agriculture – Kenya News Agency
Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya Maarten Brouwer met with Tharaka Nithi County Governor Muthomi Njuki to discuss the various agricultural opportunities that are expected to benefit residents.
They discussed the inclusion of young people in agriculture as a business through collaboration between the Tharaka Nithi County government and the Dutch government to increase employment opportunities and improve livelihoods.
Speaking at a consultative meeting in Chuka, the ambassador said they were interested in activities focused on producing and marketing local food in a more sustainable and commercial manner in order to provide income and livelihood. food for families.
Brouwer explained that they aimed to have sustainable programs that last longer, where farmers can continue to produce even with changing weather conditions.
The governor and the ambassador agreed that the Dutch government will continue to fund numerous value chain support programs in the county’s agricultural sector.
âWe have come to look at how things are going, the development and the challenges at the county level in order to understand the real situation. We have discussed at length agriculture, food production, especially coffee and nutritional value, and we will be looking at programs that focus a lot on these issues, âthe ambassador revealed.
Brouwer said more young people need to participate in farming activities to make a living. He assured the county of a harmonious collaboration in order to make its service delivery more efficient.
For his part, Njuki pointed out that the Dutch government supports agricultural value chain programs in sectors such as dairy, bananas, coffee and horticulture with particular interest to small farmers in various parts of the county. .
He noted that their main goal is to see young people get involved in local coffee plantations to boost their production and sustainability in the near future.
The governor said a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the county and the Dutch government to develop a roadmap on how to engage and become more efficient in delivering services to the population.
County Executive for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Njue Njagi said the Dutch Embassy has supported the Igambang’ombe Co-operative Society by expanding stores and purchasing machinery that will polish and add value to green grams to fit the niche market.
He explained that through the two-scale project, they received support to farmers through crowdfunding to acquire machines on a 50/50 percent basis in terms of contribution, which significantly boosted agricultural activities. in the county.
Njagi said agriculture is a key area of ââcollaboration for building the capacity of farmers, adding that to make farming a business, you need to know how and what to invest.
The county executive also said it was important to find ways to maximize production and reduce post-harvest losses by creating better markets for farmers to earn a good income from their produce.
He further revealed that as a county, they would like to collaborate with the embassy on coffee production to bring more young people into the practice.
Njagi said young people should learn best agricultural practices to increase the daily output of the value chain by expanding and improving what they already have. He also underlined the importance of the introduction of new technologies to improve the value of milk and beef and to fight against artificial insemination.
By Sharon Gitau