President Jomo Kenyatta on Friday (24 June) officially opened the Nakuru Show, one of the largest agricultural and industrial exhibitions in Kenya.
GV AND CU Cattle in pens at Nakuru Show in Kenya (3 shots)
GV Agricultural implements on display
LV Maize and produce board stand at fair
GV AND CU President Jomo Kenyatta arrives in open landrover, crowd applaud (3 shots)
LV AND CU Kenyatta on dais, officer invites him to inspect guard of honour (3 shots)
CU AND SV Child amongst crowd, applauds as Kenyatta inspects guard of honour (3 shots)
SV AND GV Crowd watch as traditional dancers perform (3 shots)
SV Primary schoolchildren entertain crowd with dancing
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Background: President Jomo Kenyatta on Friday (24 June) officially opened the Nakuru Show, one of the largest agricultural and industrial exhibitions in Kenya. Nakuru, the booming farming capital of the Rift Valley Province, has been called the granary of Kenya. Its main crops are wheat, maize, sunflowers and tea.
SYNOPSIS: It wasn't surprising to see plenty of cattle on display because the Rift Valley has the largest number of livestock in Kenya. This year a lot of foot and mouth disease has hit the region, and led to cancelling livestock exhibits at other shows. And maize production was slightly down.
President Kenyatta got his usual warm reception when he arrived to open to Show. The farmers were especially delighted because he recently ordered farm produce prices to be increased.
Record crops of all major produce, except maize, were brought in last season. Yields should be even higher this season because more land has been brought under cultivation, underlining this year's show theme, "feed the nation."
Nakuru prides itself that it has all the main ingredients for a thriving agriculture: ample acreage, inexpensive labour, plentiful water, plus a balance of secondary industries nearby.
After the official opening, a troupe of traditional dancers entertained the crowd. They are among the main attractions for visitors, for this is also a noted tourist centre in Kenya, featuring Lake Nakuru and Menengai, an extinct volcano, close by rolling farmlands.
Then it was the turn of local schoolchildren to charm their President with a series of dances. The day before they turned out in thousands lining the streets to welcome him as he arrived in Nakuru. The exhibition was a highlight of the President's Rift Valley visit.