Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta on Wednesday (28 September) officially opened the Nairobi International Agricultural Show -- the biggest of its kind in black Africa.
Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta on Wednesday (28 September) officially opened the Nairobi International Agricultural Show -- the biggest of its kind in black Africa. The 1977 show celebrated two milestones: it was the 75th in its history and the silver jubilee to its staging at Jamhuri Park in Nairobi.
SYNOPSIS: President Kenyatta arrives at jamhuri Park. He's also a farmer and the most feted of the 125,000 people who attend the show each year from all parts of the world.
The President's wife looks on. In addition to the Kenyan government and private exhibitors, the show has exhibits from Britain, Brazil, Zambia, Austria, West Germany India and the European Economic Commission. Each year since 1973, more than 2000 trade exhibitors have presented their wares and the number keeps rising.
The theme of this double jubilee show was 'Grow, Make, Sell'. The title accurately reflected the intermingling of primary producers, manufacturers and buyers, who are the muscles and sinews of the show.
Here's the pick of the nation's cattle. Official figures put the size of Kenya's beef herd at nine million and its dairy herd at three million. President Kenyatta opened the show.
Two big birthdays rolled into one demanded a really special cake. And one was baked, a five-tiered beauty that looked almost large enough to give a slice to each person in the crowd. President Kenyatta seemed to be relishing the occasion so much he indulged in some genial by-play with officials before wielding the sword on the cake.
Like any Head of State, President Kenyatta has a crowded scheduled. Yet he always makes plenty of time available to boost the cause of the country's agriculture, the base on which Kenya had to build when it became independent.