In Kenya, President Daniel Arap Moi attended the opening o the annual Nairobi International Show on Wednesday (26 September).
In Kenya, President Daniel Arap Moi attended the opening o the annual Nairobi International Show on Wednesday (26 September). The display of agricultural equipment and produce is the largest of its kind in black Africa and attracts exhibits from all over the world.
SYNOPSIS: An estimated on hundred and twenty-five thousand people visit the show every year. Kenya is Africa's leading producer of tea and coffee and several stands were devoted to displays of new methods of growing these staple crops.
President Moi offered praise and encouragement to farmers during his speech at the opening of the show. He stressed that although agriculture was still the basis of the Kenyan economy, the growth of secondary industries reliant upon farming necessitated continuous efforts to develop and improve crop producing. The country is self-sufficient in maize and rice, but still has to export some wheat and sugar.
After touring the exhibition, President Moi watched a display of tribal dancing, held to celebrate the show's opening.
Kenya is one of the few African countries with an important dairy industry and during his speech President Moi outlined plans for future growth of the beef industry. He described farming as the basis for social as well as economic progress, influencing all aspects of rural development. He emphasised that improvements in agricultural systems could only be achieved by closely monitoring the latest findings of science and technology.
President Moi has now held office for just over a year. He was sworn-in as acting-President, following the death of the country's first President, Jomo Kenyatta, in August last year and was proclaimed President in October. The day before opening the show, President Moi dissolved Parliament in preparation for general elections--expected to be held in October.
Hundreds of schoolchildren put on a display to celebrate the United Nations' Year of the Child. The theme of President Moi's address was "Love, Peace and Unity". He said these formed the foundation of Kenya's nationhood and that by building on these principles the country would enter the 1980's in a spirit of optimism and confidence.