Agribusiness and Technology to be given more attention

There is need to give more attention to agribusiness and technology through investment and trade in agriculture, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Willy Bett has said.

The CS said doing so will move the agricultural sector to the next level.

Dr. Bett said the government is committed to ensuring that the sector is transformed into a modern sector that is commercially oriented, technologically driven and internationally competitive.

He was speaking on Wednesday during a curtain raising event on the 2016 Agritech Africa 3rd Edition at a Nairobi hotel.

The CS noted that using technology will give the agricultural sector an upper edge to attract the Youth, who will make money from it, achieve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty.

“This upcoming Aristech event will be a global platform which accords world innovators with the opportunity to showcase their technologies in the field of Agriculture, and bring together the tech developers under one roof”, he said.

He noted that Kenya is the only African Nation that has been able, to actualize Agritech exhibitions right here at home, after several visits to Agritech Israel and India.

” I want to call upon investors to invest in Kenya as it is an investment hub in the region due to its geographical position and conducive investment environment within various agriculture commodity value chain”, Bett added.

The CS said the dairy industry in Kenya is the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa producing an average of 5.2 billion litres of milk per annum, and that the upcoming exhibition, which is featuring Dairy, Livestock and Poultry Expo, will be another investment opportunity for participants.

Dr. Bett called upon companies, government agencies and other stakeholders in the Agricultural sector to register for participation in the forthcoming international Agritec Africa forum which will take place in June.

India Deputy High Commissioner, Rajesh Swami said that Africa and Asia are two continents that are fast emerging as leading food baskets of the world, and that many countries are looking up to unexploited natural resources to address their food and nutrition security concerns.

“We should seize the opportunity before anybody else does it for us and this Agritec Africa Exhibition and Conference provides such opportunity as a networking forum”, said the Deputy High Commissioner.

He said India will be offering a line credit of Kshs. 3 billion (30 million US dollars) to Kenya for upgrading of the Rift Valley textile factory.

The theme for this year’s forum which will take place on June 5th to 7th is “exploring the most emerging market in the Globe.

Source: Kenya news Agency