Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ann Nyaga today visited several agri-business ventures driven by young people in Kiambu where she reiterated Government commitment to assist the youth over-come challenges facing their start-ups.
After listening to inspiring and successful agri-business stories from the young entrepreneurs, the CAS re-assured them that the Government has put in place various strategies to address the challenges facing their ventures including lack of affordable financing, marketing, training, extension support services, water, negative perception about agriculture and challenges of value addition to their produce.
The visits took her to Ndumberi, Riabai, Ruiru and Gatundu South where she met the young agribusiness entreprenuers at their highly innovative ventures including 30 year old Carol Mwangi who is incharge of the Kiplanter Seed Nurseries worth millions of shillings.
The nursery propagates seedlings of vegetables, herbs, fruits and trees- an initiative she founded in 2012 andwhich now employs 10 young people.
At Far Ming Wonder in Gatundu South, the CAS held lengthy discussions with the Director, 27-year old Dennis Muriithi who requested for Government assistance in marketing of his Juicy strawberry fruits cultivated in innovative multi-storey gardens that utilize available space to the maximum.
At Ndumberi, Ms Nyaga met with the young entreprenuers George Charagu and his partner Francis Mwaura about their successful livestock, piggery and horticulrure business . Both are 27 years and the latter, a BSC in Agriculture graduate is also pursuing his Masters in the same field.
The CAS said the agriculture sector can only achieve its full potential through the involvement of the youth.
“Without the youth, we cannot achieve much. The agriculture sector cannot perform well if the youth are not there. This is our sector”, said the CAS who herself is a young person.
She said the Government will continue engaging the youth in practical partnerships that are helpful to the young people.
Ms Nyagah also said the Government will be partnering with the youth in the implementation of Nutrition Response to Covid-19.
Earlier, the CAS paid separate courtesy calls on County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga and Governor James Nyoro where issues of post Covid-19 strategies , youth empowerment programmes and assistance to vulnerable groups were discussed.