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More Than 2,000 Youths to be trained on how to monetize Farming

NYERI, Kenya, Feb 9 – More than two thousands youths from Central, Eastern and North Rift regions are set to benefit from a Sh25 milion agricuture project that will train them on agricutural entrepreneurship.

The three weeks training programme dubbed “Enabling youths” that is ongoing at the Kenya school of Agriculture in Nyeri will see youths taught on how to do farming as a bussiness instead of the normal farming.

According to the school’s Director Samson Liguta, this will see youths trained on new farming techniques including how to value add to their produce right from their farms.

“We as an insitution under the minsitry of agricuture have realised that the reason why youths are shying away from farming is because many agricutural products are sold at a poor prices which cannot sustain them, so we sat down and designed this short course to equip them with skills before embarking on any form of farming, ” said Liguta.

He says that youths will not be required to have undergone any agricutural course before hand since they will be trained afresh and acquire all skills including new farming techniques .

Liguta added that on completion of the course, the institution through the ministry will also assist them with marketing of their finished products.

“We are not stopping at the training level. We know we can train them only for them to produce goods that many not attract buyers so what we will do is to find them markert through our international trade treaties,” said Liguta.

A previous survey by the ministry has established that many youths are not interested in farming which they regard as unattractive to them and only meant for old people.

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