Fri. Nov 22nd, 2019

Agriculture is the way to go, Coast governors told

Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi flanked by ASK chairperson Anisa Abdalla during a tour of the Mkomani showground on August 20, 2019 Image: Peter Kombe

BY PETER KOMBE AND MARION KITHI

Coast county governors have been urged to invest more in agriculture as the means of not only boosting food security but also creating job opportunities to the ever-increasing unemployed youths.

Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi notes that agriculture being the backbone of Kenya’s economy needs to be scaled up to benefit its growing population in terms of foodstuff production.

“I’m here to meet the Mombasa Chapter Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) organizing committee and see how their preparations for this year are progressing,” he said adding that the youth should be advised to attend and learn new agri-business techniques.

Mr Mwinyi, speaking to journalists at the ASK ground on Tuesday (August 20), wants the Mombasa County’s agricultural department to involve the youth in new innovation of up scaling the sector.

“There is so much we need to learn from this show. Again it’s not wise for the County to depend on others for its food supplies when we have the opportunities to produce our own foodstuffs,” he said.

IDLE LAND

The lawmaker says there is need for the county government to change its idle and waste land into agricultural use so as to be self-reliant in food security.

Basing his argument on this year’s ASK theme: Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade, the legislator urges the county chief to invest in green house technology to boost agriculture.

Women weeding at ASK Mkomani showground exhibition farm in preparation for the September 4 to 8 Mombasa International Trade Fair on August 20, 2019
Image: Peter Kombe

He challenged the coast governors to work together to ensure agricultural production becomes the cornerstone of their counties development agendas.

Commenting on the recent reshuffle of top security officers in the region, Mr Mwinyi said the changes would only be beneficial if those in positions also change their leadership styles at their working stations.

“For justice and equality to prevail, we need the appointed public officers to maintain law and order so as to be exemplary people to the citizenry,” he said.

He suggested that police officers should be paid well to avoid incidences of them engaging in graft as a way of supplementing their salaries.

ASK chairperson Anisa Abdalla disclosed that more than 160 exhibitors have so far confirmed their participation out of the targeted 200 this year.

She urged Kenyans from all walks of live to visit the showground starting from September 4 to 8.

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