Thousands of farmers trooped to Kabarak University for this year’s annual agribusiness expo to showcase their produce and learn innovative ways of improving their yields. The annual event hosted by the East African Grain Council (EAGC) offered stakeholders an opportunity to learn how to embrace technology to create employment opportunities, improve production and reduce poverty.
This year’s theme, “Promoting Agricultural trade in the region through Innovations”, featured exhibitions, business networking sessions, farmers training, as well as Agribusiness symposium.
The EAGC Agribusiness Expo is informed by the need to increase trade through demonstrating advanced technologies and innovations to Farmers, Traders, Processors and financial institutions. The concept is aimed at addressing issues on the production processes in the value chain to help agricultural stakeholders decide on what to leverage on for maximum income and food security.
Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Hon. Daniel Chemno called upon farmers to embrace farming technologies in their farming practices to improve production. He added that agribusiness is now becoming the best opportunity of employment to the youth in the country.
The expo featured key areas on crop demonstration in partnership with seed companies to showcase new technologies that will improve crop production for maximum yield at low costs; Livestock and animal feeds arena; Farm machinery section to showcase new farming technologies; Exhibition arena where traders, financial institutions are interacting with farmers to showcase new products.
This year, EAGC introduced Agribusiness Symposium to address best practices in the agribusiness and emerging issues through academic presentations.
EAGC Board chairman Dr. Bernard Otim said that this year’s agribusiness Expo comes to offer solutions to the perennial national issues like increasing production costs, food shortage and high transaction costs normally faced by the stakeholders.
“Some of these technologies include, Use of principle of Ultra Hermetic & trade; AgroZ bags that are water resistant and gastight storage, quality modern cleaning and grading machines, online trading platform-GSoko among other innovations will be showcased during the Expo,” he added.
The expo happened at a time when EAGC is celebrating 10 years of existence.The Executive Director Gerald Masila said this period has seen a decade of strong facilitation of structured, efficient and profitable grain trade.
It comes to serve as a platform for the closely linked stakeholders in the agribusiness sub-sector to network and discuss demand driven service delivery in a wake to improve the agribusiness sub-sector.
The two days Annual Agribusiness Expo were held on 12th and 13th August 2016 at Kabarak University grounds.