President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya has urged farmers to boost production and help the country's economy.
President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya has urged farmers to boost production and help the country's economy. He said the government would provide them with facilities for storage, marketing and communication. The President was opening an agricultural show on Saturday (24/6) at Nakuru, about 250 kilometres from the capital, Nairobi.
SYNOPSIS: It was a happy occasion for the local residents ad they waited for the arrival of the President.
Himself a leading farmer, President Kenyatta has always been keen on agriculture, and sees its development as a vital factor in Kenya's economy. The government is concerned about the country's growing population and wants to increase rural production.
The opening ceremony began with the playing of the national anthem.
The Nakuru show is an annual affair. It has gained in popularity and importance drawing more and more people each year.
President Kanyatta, who is affectionately known to his people as "Mzee," or father, showed keen interest in the agricultural equipment on display. He also inspected livestock and presented prizes and trophies to champion breeders. His own farm produced t best bull, the champion goat, and calf. His far manager received these prizes on behalf of the President.
President Kanyatta told farmers that the government would continue to maintain price incentives. "In land lies our salvation and survival", he said, and added: "WE are convinced that a modern and strong Kenya will depend n reaping maximum benefits from the land. Our goal is to achieve a fully modern agricultural sector".
Earlier, the President heard Agriculture Minister Jeremiah Nyagah say that the Kenyan farmer had earned a name in the world as far as agricultural industry was concerned.