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Government commits Kshs. 2Billion to support youth in Agriculture

Government commits Kshs. 2Billion to support youth in Agriculture

The Government of Kenya has committed Kshs. 2Billion of its tax revenues to support youth in agriculture. This was announced by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta during the official opening of the Nairobi International Trade Fair held on 5th October 2016 at the Jamhuri Show grounds. The President said that the Kshs. 2 Billion Youth Fund will be used to train young people in new farming techniques and management. “The program targets over 750,000 youth within five years, it seeks to enhance their participation in the entire agriculture value chain thus enable them grow businesses and earn a living”, he said. The President also lauded the increased number of exhibitors and quality of exhibitions exhibited at the trade fair. He said that the trade fair provided a good platform to share ideas, experiences as well as the latest innovations and technologies.

The Youth Fund participated under the Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs. The Fund facilitated twelve youth exhibitors to showcase their products and services at the one week event. Through the platform, the youth were able to network, make sales and establish business contacts for future engagement. Among those facilitated were youth specializing in production and sale of interior decos, charcoal briquettes, African wear, natural peanut butter, glass arts, herbal products, artworks among others. The activity was part of the Fund’s mandate to support youth owned enterprises market their products and services as well as form linkages with large enterprises.

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